Justin C. Griffith, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer & Secretary of the Board of Directors

Dr. Justin Griffith is the CEO of the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods.  He began service to the RLA in May 2005 as General Manager until 2011 when he was named CEO. Dr. Griffith is also an Educational Psychologist specializing in Adult Learning and the Learning Environment. He has established the RLA as the nation’s leading center for lifelong learning, making the RLA the largest collaborative campus in the nation. The RLA currently hosts nearly 1,500 professional development events with nearly 75,000 attendees and holds over 200 credit courses each year for nearly 500 students enrolled in degree programs.

Prior to joining the RLA, Justin spent more than five years serving West Virginia University as Manager of Conferencing and Educational Programming. While there, Justin became an expert in Lifelong Learning. He then served as an Instructor and Advisor at WVU while completing his doctoral residency. Justin holds a Doctor of Educational Psychology from WVU and his research has been focused on nontraditional student learning and creating ideal learning environments. He serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, is a board member for HeartPrints Center for Early Learning, Cranberry Woods Owners Association, and Board Secretary for the Regional Learning Alliance. Justin also holds a master’s degree from the West Virginia University Department of Communication Studies in Corporate and Organizational Communication and has undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Architectural Engineering from Fairmont State University where he graduated with the University’s Kellogg Foundation Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Development Institute XIV. 

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Business Times honored Justin as a Most Admired CEO along with 19 other regional CEO’s for an inaugural awards program. In 2013, Dr. Griffith received the Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Tracker Award. Also in 2013, he was named as the annual Top 40 Under 40 from Pittsburgh Magazine. He is proud to lead a vital community learning organization that has been the only nonprofit awarded a Best Place to Work in Western Pennsylvania for 6 years in a row.

Outside of his position, Justin has a passion for international travel, learning about history, art, education, gardening, bonsai and other interests.  He often finds inspiration that brings new and creative ideas back to the campus.