U of L associate vice president cited for DUI

Andrew Wolfson
Louisville Courier Journal

Adding to a string of embarrassments for the University of Louisville, its associate vice president for health affairs has been charged with drunk driving.

A citation shows that Darrell A. Griffith, 58, who is also chief financial officer for U of L Physicians, blew a .213, more than 2 ½ times the legal limit, after he was arrested Dec. 23 near Morehead and charged with driving under the influence.

University spokesman John Karman said that Griffith, who was hired last year, has been placed on paid leave for two weeks pending an investigation. Griffith is not the former U of L and NBA star.

Griffith is paid a salary of $309,000 by the University of Louisville. He is paid an additional salary by U of L Physicians, the amount of which was not available Wednesday, Karman said.

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Griffith's boss, Dr. David Dunn, the executive vice president for health sciences and U of L's top doctor, was placed on leave earlier this month pending the outcome of an FBI and campus investigation into whether he misused university funds. He has not been charged and his lawyer has declined to comment.

The citation says the Rowan County sheriff's office received a tip that a motorist was driving reckless on Interstate 64, and a deputy observed Griffith crossing from lane to lane three times in a 2014 Lexus. He failed a field sobriety test, according to the citation, which listed his address in Corbin.

He was released on his own recognizance the day after his arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 20.

Griffith was hired away in May 2014 from University of Kentucky, Griffith comes from the University of Kentucky/UK Healthcare, where he was the executive director for the faculty practice organization.

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The Courier-Journal reported earlier this month that Dunn, chief information officer Priscilla Hancock and former associate vice president Russell Bessette were under investigation for allegedly using university funds for non-university purposes. The university, which put Hancock on leave, said the investigation involved a for-profit business they operated, originally on campus.