William C. Griffeth - one of the most respected financial journalists in the nation, a prominent anchor and financial journalist with CNBC, where he recently celebrated his 25th anniversary—personifies the excellence and achievements that embody the objectives and ideals of the California State University and California State University, Northridge, and exemplifies the university’s aspirations for its diverse student body. He has remained an engaged friend and supporter of CSUN and serves as an exemplary role model for its students and the surrounding community.

An alumnus of CSUN, Mr. Griffeth worked on-air at the campus’ radio station and, as a student, earned a Golden Mike Award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, the first ever awarded to CSUN. After graduation, he was on the production team that launched the Financial News Network (FNN), the first cable channel devoted to business news, and was nominated for a Cable ACE award as best news anchor in 1987. Upon the purchase of FNN by NBC in 1991, Mr. Griffeth joined their team and has anchored a number of programs for the network, including his current assignment co-anchoring Closing Bell from the NYSE. He helped develop CNBC’s Student Stock Tournament designed to teach young people about stocks and, in 2001, was recognized by the National Association of Investors Corp. with its Distinguished Service Award in Investor Education.

A successful author, Mr. Griffeth has written four books to date: Bill Griffeth’s Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity; The Mutual Fund Masters; By Faith Alone: One Family’s Epic Journey Through American Protestantism; and The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir.

In addition to being a donor, Mr. Griffeth serves on CSUN’s Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation Board Membership Committee. He has served as Master of Ceremonies for several Distinguished Alumni award ceremonies, receiving the award himself in 2000—the highest award bestowed by CSUN, aside from an honorary degree. Additionally, he participates in networking and mentoring activities for students at the university.

​In recognition of his remarkable professional achievement, his extensive leadership and service to the community, and his exceptional generosity to and support of California State University, Northridge, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, Northridge are proud to confer upon William C. Griffeth the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.​​