Medgar Evers College Mourns the Tragic Loss of Dean Derrick Griffith

Dean_Griffith_01It is with a heavy heart that we regret to confirm that Derrick Griffith, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for Medgar Evers College, was killed in the horrific train derailment that occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Derrick was a pillar in the community.  He served the students of Medgar Evers and the greater community with passion and he will be sorely missed.  He was a champion for the downtrodden and he encouraged students to pursue education with vigor. During the course of his more than 10 years working in the field of education, Derrick wore a number of hats as he worked to help others look toward a better life.  He served as a school principal for a number of years and in 2003, he founded the CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School.  In 2011, he was the Executive Director of Groundwork, Inc., an organization formed to support young people living in high poverty urban communities.  He joined Medgar Evers College that same year as Assistant Provost in what was to become the first of a number of roles he would fill at the College.

Even as he was encouraging young people to reach for greater heights for themselves, he was working to attain his own educational goals.  Just one month ago, Derrick was granted a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Education by the City University of New York Graduate Center.  He was 43 years old.

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May 14, 2015

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Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Jamilah Fraser  (347) 563-1018

Shana Kemp (347) 844-3818


About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit