University at Albany

Michael Christakis, MA '01, PhD '05 Appointed UAlbany Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Michael Christakis has been named vice president for student success by University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. He has been serving as interim vice president since January 2015. In this role, Dr. Christakis will oversee campus programming and planning and assist in creating a campus culture that promotes academic achievement and personal development for students. He also will advocate on behalf of students and assist with crisis response and campus-initiatives.

"The opportunity to truly transform our student's experience at the University at Albany is what motivates me every day," said Christakis.  "It is our collective efforts – in the months and years to come – that will ultimately benefit our students, their families and the University going forward."

Dr. Christakis joined UAlbany in 1999 and has served in numerous positions in student affairs, most recently as associate vice president for student success. During his tenure in student success, he developed the 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. He currently serves as the national president for Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, and also serves as the president for University Auxiliary Services at UAlbany. In March 2015, he was named national co-chair of NASPA's Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community.

Dr. Christakis holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Alfred University, and an M.A.and Ph.D. from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.