Department of Academic Affairs

Derek Ellis is the Student Associationís Director of Academic Affairs and Advocacy. He is from Glenville, NY and is a senior at the University, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He plans on pursuing a career in law enforcement in the future. Working with the Student Association since his freshman year, Derek has served in various roles within the Academic Affairs department and is currently the Chair of the Elections Commission as well.

Involvement on campus is something that is extremely important to Derek, and his wide range of activities and leadership positions are reflective of that. He is the founding President of Kappa Alpha Pi Co-Ed Pre Law Fraternity (Zeta Chapter) and the current President of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He also serves on Conflict Resolution's Judicial Board, participates as a member of the Albany Student Dining Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Universityís General Education Advisory Board.

Derek participated in the Emerging Leaders Program as a freshman and returns each semester as an Emerging Mentor to assist the current class of emerging leaders. Working for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management, Derek is the Senior Fire Protection Assistant, actively protecting and serving the University.

Looking ahead, Derek is planning on continuing the work he has started, creating new programs, and assisting as many students as possible. His main goal is to bridge the gap between students and faculty at the University. Ready and willing to help students with any concerns, Derek can be easily reached through his office hours or by email.

Derek Ellis
Director of Academic Affairs