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Trustee Christakis headlines Student Affairs’ staff development day

Alfred University Trustee Michael Christakis ‘99 is the invited keynote speaker for the annual Student Affairs division staff development day, Jan. 15.

There will be a full day of concurrent sessions and trainings, said Kathy Woughter, vice president for Student Affairs. “Our entire division attends, and this year we have invited some of our student affairs colleagues from across the street at Alfred State College to join us for part of the day.

“The title of Mike's talk is "Why We Do What We Do.’  He'll be talking about re-invigorating your passion for your career in student affairs. This is part of the way our division is responding to a job satisfaction audit that was done a couple of years ago, and re-assessed this year, showing that while AU Student Affairs professionals are, for the most part, quite satisfied with their jobs, they are struggling with emotional and physical stress due to a combination of factors,” explained Woughter.

“We thought Mike, with his proven track record as an inspiring speaker, his professional accomplishments, and his positive nature in general, would be a terrific person to address these issues,” she added. 

Christakis is assistant vice president for student success at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Following his AU undergraduate experience, Christakis went on to earn a master’s degree in public affairs and policy and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. He is married to AU alumna Christa Nyman Christakis ’01, a member of AU’s Women’s Leadership Center Advisory Board. The couple resides in East Greenbush with daughters Katerina and Victoria.