Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, was one of eight victims in a horrific railroad accident in Philadelphia on May 12. Dr. Griffith was 42 years old.
Dr. Griffith joined the staff at Medgar Evers College in 2011 as an assistant provost. Earlier in his career, he founded the Preparatory Transitional High School of the City University of New York.
One month before his death, Griffith completed work on a doctorate in urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.