Department of Academic Affairs

Derek Ellis is the current Director of Academic Affairs. He is from Glenville, NY and is a junior at the University, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He hopes to continue on to Law school and become a lawyer one day. His past experience with the Academic Affairs Department included starting as an intern, becoming the Assistant Director, and eventually working his way up to the position of Director. He also serves on the Student Association's Elections Commission as a Commissioner.

Derek is heavily involved on campus and is a member of many different groups and organizations. He is the founding President of Kappa Alpha Pi Co-Ed Pre Law Fraternity (Zeta Chapter) and holds various leadership positions and roles elsewhere as well. He serves on Conflict Resolution's Judicial Board, participates as a member of the Albany Student Dining Advisory Committee, and has worked on many different committees including the Vice Provost's Online Teaching and Learning Committee.

Derek also participated in the Emerging Leaders Program as a freshman and returns each semester as an Emerging Mentor to assist and contribute to the current class of Emerging Leaders. He is also a member of the General Advisory Board and a recent inductee to Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Working for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Derek works as the Senior Fire Protection Assistant to protect and serve the University.

Looking forward, Derek is planning on continuing on a lot of the work he has already done for the Department, and looking to do even more this year, especially in regards to helping to bridge the gap between students and faculty at the University. Ready and willing to help assist students with academic concerns, Derek can be easily reached through his office hours or by email.

Derek Ellis
Director of Academic Affairs