Specialization: Higher Education
Dr. Michael N. Christakis serves as Vice President for Student Affairs.
Christakis was named Vice President for Student Affairs in May 2015. In this position, he manages the entire student affairs portfolio in collaboration with key University divisions such as academic affairs, development, athletics, the Alumni Association, and others. This includes administering a comprehensive range of programs and services related to campus programming and planning; assisting in creating a campus culture that promotes the academic achievement and personal development of all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional); supporting crisis response and institutional initiatives; advocating on behalf of students; and fostering collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff.
Since his arrival to the University in 1999, Christakis has served in numerous positions in student affairs, most recently serving as interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. As a member of the Vice President’s staff since 2007, Christakis developed assessment and evaluation practices; improved the effectiveness of divisional planning, professional development, communications and risk management; and provided oversight to critical campus life areas including student involvement and leadership, the Campus Center and campus recreation.
In July 2012, he was named National President for Omicron Delta Kappa and also serves as the president for University Auxiliary Services at UAlbany. In March 2015, Mike was also named national co-chair of NASPA’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community.
Christakis holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Alfred University, and a M.P.P. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.