P. Elaine Griffin , MHA, MBA, PhD, FACHE

Associate Provost, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
Professor of Business
Lipscomb University

Elaine Griffin is Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. In her role as associate provost, she leads the Strategic Planning Team from the planning design phase to the implementation phase. Additionally, she provides the university-wide educational programs for continuous quality improvement processes for assessment both academically and operationally, and is the university liaison for accrediting bodies.

Prior to her move to the academic profession, Elaine was a healthcare executive in acute care and longterm care healthcare organizations, and in 1994 pursued a consulting career and served with Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc., until 1998. In her consulting role she taught continuous quality improvement concepts, strategic planning, and service operations improvement in hospitals nationwide. She focused on customer satisfaction through process-improvement techniques such as value analysis, creative thinking and work redesign, change strategies, operations improvement, and human resource management.

Elaine worked with University of Dayton business administration students as their professional mentor and lectured to the masters students in nursing at the University of Cincinnati where she was an adjunct clinical professor. In 1998, she joined the College of Business faculty at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas , where she taught general management and healthcare management courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Elaine joined the faculty in the College of Business at Lipscomb University in 1999 as the chair of the MBA Healthcare Management program. She taught the graduate healthcare management courses, Human Resource Management, Service Operations Management and the undergraduate senior capstone course, Business Policy and Strategy.

Elaine holds an RN from the Hillcrest Medical School of Nursing in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota , a Master of Business Administration from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services and Social Change from Walden University in Minneapolis.

Elaine has achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has authored numerous articles with topics ranging from providing cost-effective care to working collaboratively with physicians, healthcare executives, managers, and employees. Elaine volunteers annually as a medical missionary to Central America.


Elaine Griffin, MHA, MBA, PhD, FACHE
Associate Provost for Instititutional Effectiveness
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