Senior Delegate, UC Santa Cruz
Job Title: Department Manager for Chemistry/Biochemistry
UC Service: 7 years
Derek currently serves as the Department Manager for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCSC. He joined UCSC from Saint Anselm College in the role of Coordinator for Residential Education at Crown College.
Though his early work in Higher Education focused on student affairs and residential education, he now is more involved in the academic affairs work of the university. Though his day-to-day work has changed, his commitment to maintaining a focus on student success and improving the engagement, access, and support of all community members remains constant. He joined the UCSC Staff Advisory Board in 2015, served as Chair in 2019-2020, and currently serves as the immediate Past-chair.
Derek, originally from Detroit, MI, has a BS in Physics and an MEd in Educational Leadership, both conferred from Wayne State University. In his spare time he enjoys performing, baking, and cuddling his new daughter.