Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Michael N. Christakis is Vice President for Student Success and Public Service Professor at the University at Albany.

In this role, Dr. Christakis serves as the University’s chief student affairs officer and provides leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive student affairs program which promotes the academic achievement and personal development of all students and fosters collaborative relationships among students, faculty, staff and the community.

Known nationally for his work in student affairs assessment, Dr. Christakis was responsible for leading efforts to develop a comprehensive assessment program for Student Success prior to the University’s reaccreditation in 2010 and is credited with developing the “Student Learning Project,” the University’s co-curricular student learning outcomes framework, for which he received the 2012 NASPA Assessment Innovation Award.

Dr. Christakis currently serves as National President of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, and as a Trustee of the ODK Foundation; is President of the University Auxiliary Services (UAS) at Albany Board of Directors; is a Fellow of the State Academy for Public Administration for which he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors; and is a member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees.

Professionally, he is a member of the NASPA Region II Advisory Board, serves as Region II Coordinator of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) and is a member of the National NUFP Board. Dr. Christakis is a co-chair of the State University of New York (SUNY) Council on Assessment, charged with planning and leading professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators in the area of assessment on campuses throughout the SUNY system.

He has been published in the Review of Higher Education, has presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference, NASPA’s Assessment and Retention Conference, the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) Annual Conference as well as at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum and is a member of the Editorial Board of the CSPA NYS Journal of Student Affairs.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Christakis teaches undergraduate courses in Public Administration and Policy, for which he received the 2010 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2014 Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as graduate courses in Educational Administration and Policy studies.

Before joining the Vice President’s Office in 2007, Dr. Christakis worked in Residential Life and spent two summers working for the University’s Orientation program. Dr. Christakis has his BA in Political Science and History from Alfred University, his MPP and Ph.D. from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.