Associate Vice Chancellor for Admission & Director of Admission
I was born and raised in the football capital of America…Canton, OH! Growing up just minutes from the Pro Football Hall of Fame meant much of my life would be rooted in spirit and tradition, which has made working on a college campus and helping students navigate the college search a perfect fit. My college education led to a B.A. in Communication from The University of Toledo, and an M.E. in Enrollment Management and Policy from the University of Southern California.
I have worked in college admissions for nearly fifteen years at a variety of institutions, most recently including The Ohio State University, and the University of Southern California (USC) before my arrival in the Mile-High City. Outside of the office, you will find me giving back to my professional community as an active member and former Board Director for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and as a former college cheerleader and Walt Disney World entertainer; judging and coaching the next generation of competitive cheerleaders.
It is clear to see that I have a variety of interests and from an early age my parents encouraged me to explore all my talents, and to be open to the opportunities that come along the way. Just like your time navigating the college search and time at DU, I hope that you will do just the same.
DU is such a special place that allows you to explore your academic curiosities, while being creative and having a deeper understanding for your personal passions and future aspirations. We will challenge you to be your very best, prepare you for life’s adventures, and support you every step of the way.
Derek’s Admission Advice:
Keep it real. As you navigate this process, you may find yourself at an impasse where you question your worth, or if you have done enough. Just know that we are all cheering for you and want to celebrate you for who you are, and what you will bring to the DU Family. You are enough.