About Sam

Sam L Grogg is Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Adelphi University.  Grogg holds the Ph.D. from Bowling Green University.  Grogg and colleagues at the Center for the Study of Popular Culture at BGSU pioneered the interdisciplinary study of American and International popular culture.  In 1972, with two colleagues, Grogg founded The Journal of Popular Film and Television which continues to be published as one of the leading academic journals in its field.  As the American Film Institute’s Executive Director of National Education during the 1970s, Grogg served as Education Editor of American Film, a monthly national magazine, and edited three editions of The AFI Guide to College Courses in Film and Television. His early research and publication focused on popular culture pedagogy, film and television criticism and related areas.


Grogg left AFI in 1980 to head the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, where he subsequently founded FilmDallas, a motion picture financing, production and distribution company. Grogg’s financing and producing credits include KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL both pictures garnering numerous Oscar nominations and receiving Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Awards. He has executive produced or produced numerous theatrical and television films, including DA, PATTI ROCKS and SPIKE OF BENSONHURST. In 1989, he and Oscar-winning visual effects artist John Dykstra founded Magic Pictures, where Grogg executive produced and produced numerous visual effects productions, television commercials, large format presentations for theme parks and other productions while serving as President of Apogee Productions and Magic Pictures. Grogg was elected a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1988.


In 1993, Grogg was named the founding Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he created a major new conservatory for filmmakers.  While Dean at UNCSA, Grogg continued to produce, focusing on television movies including FIRESTORM (ABC), TARGET EARTH (ABC) and ABOVE SUSPICION (USA Network). In 1999, Grogg rejoined AFI as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. He was honored by the AFI Board of Trustees in 2004 as the fourth “Master” teacher and filmmaker to lead the Conservatory since its founding in 1967.  In 2005, Grogg received the Ray and Pat Browne Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the study of Popular Culture from the National Popular Culture Association. Grogg was named Dean of the School of Communication at the University of Miami in the spring of 2005.


Grogg led revolutionary changes while at the University of Miami expanding its campus media, establishing the Knight Center for International Media, executive producing ONE WATER a television special narrated by Martin Sheen, overseeing a complete revision of his School’s curriculum while greatly increasing philanthropic support.  Grogg received the William R. Butler Award for Support of Student Government in 2006 and in 2010 was honored by the Directors of the Online News Association for his work to advance multimedia journalism.


In the spring of 2011, Grogg was named Dean at Adelphi University where he oversees the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Adelphi Performing Arts Center.  Grogg co-led the University’s strategic planning effort in 2016 along with new President Christine M. Riordan.  Sam was then named Interim Provost and Executive Vice President from 2016 through summer of 2018 and has headed the office of strategic initiatives since that time.

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