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King University News :: Founder of Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation to Speak at King University April 8

Caryl Griffin, founder of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, will speak at King University on Monday, April 8, 2013 as part of the Buechner Institute Lecture Series.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. 

“We are pleased to welcome Caryl Griffin to the Buechner Institute,” said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King University.  “She will take us into issues related to health care and faith, matters of considerable currency now.”

Hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., Caryl Griffin is an ordained elder with the Holston Conference of United Methodist Church.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis, a Master of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Medical College of Georgia (Atlanta, Ga.), and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. 

Griffin practiced nursing for 35 years.  Her experience includes hospital management and physician practices consulting, fitness training as an AFAA certified instructor, and numerous positions in pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, and public health at hospitals in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee.  She created a national healthcare consulting business for doctors’ offices and hospitals, consulting across the U.S., helping develop more effective methods and processes of caring for patients.  She has also created and led national leadership/management workshops and retreats for hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.  


Griffin’s current ministry is with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, named in memory of her daughter Elizabeth.  The Foundation supports projects in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East by developing laboratory biosafety and biosecurity as well as occupational health for laboratories in hospitals, public health, and research facilities.   

Caryl Griffin will speak at 9:15 a.m. on April 8 in the King University Memorial Chapel.  The event is open to the public and free to attend.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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