Dr. Mildred Barnes Griggs, Esquire
Dr. Mildred Barnes Griggs is professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is a native of Marianna, Arkansas, and completed her undergraduate degree at Arkansas A.M. & N. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in May of 1963.
She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in 1967 and 1970 respectively. Dr. Griggs had many roles at the University of Illinois that included teaching graduate and undergraduate classes and serving as Dean of the College of Education.
After joining the faculty in 1970, she became the first African American to be promoted through the academic ranks of Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She was also the first female dean of a college at the university. In 1976, Dr. Griggs was named national president of the newly integrated American Home Economics Association. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she served as one of two University of Illinois Faculty Athletics Representatives to the Big Ten and the National Collegiate Athletic Association for twelve years.
Upon her retirement from the University in 2000, Dr. Griggs earned a Doctor of Law degree from the College of Law at the University of Illinois and is currently licensed to practice law in Illinois and Arkansas. She is currently serving as a consultant at Eastern Arkansas Economic Council (EAEC) where she does outreach and advocacy for socially disadvantaged farmers in the Arkansas Delta. She works to help farmers gain access to USDA programs and funds that will enable them to be successful.