Dan Griffin, vice president of enrollment management, his wife and five children have spent the past two months living in very close quarters.
The family, while in transition from Toccoa Falls, Georgia, moved into the Hope Quad upon arrival at Union.
“It was chaos most of the time,” Griffin said. “But it was nice to see what a college student here experiences and what our dorms have to offer.”
He said his daughters, Faith, 9, and Annabeth, 6, are sad to leave the dorm now that the family has found and moved into a home in Jackson. However, the boys, Caleb, 11, Seth, 3 and Jacob, 19 months, are “glad to have their space again.”
Regardless of location, Griffin said his family typically enjoys playing games together, simply spending time with one another and doing a nightly Bible study.
“We are finding that life at Union is a little busier than at other institutions, and we’re trying to be a part of as much of it was we can,” he said.
He has always had a love for athletics and has attended women’s and men’s basketball and baseball games since being in Jackson and said his family will enjoy going to more Bulldog sporting events together.
“There’s not a sport that I don’t enjoy. I don’t fully understand cricket, but other than that, you name it and our family will try it,” he said.
His oldest son, Caleb, is avid in Little League, he said. Another time commitment is gymnastics which his daughters enjoy and his wife used to coach.
The family has found not only Union, but also the Jackson community as a whole, to be welcoming.
Griffin said he feels his family has found what they wanted at Union. Aside from being close to home, he said he is excited to work under Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, university president.
“It is very evident that his relationship with the student body is important to him and being able to emulate that at my level is an exciting opportunity,” he said.
Overall, Griffin said he knows this is where God wants his family to be and is excited about the opportunity to begin getting to know more students and faculty and building relationships that can add more meaning to his time at Union.