Medgar Evers College Dean of Students Derrick Griffith was one of the 7 people killed in Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment.

Medgar Evers College President Rudy Crew spoke highly of Griffith and his commitment to students and education.

“There could not be a finer educator,” Crew said. “He was an outstanding and very distinguished person who guided many, many students at Medgar Evers since 2011, and finished his Ph.D. about a month ago and was really the source of tremendous motivation for all [of] us in one form or another; he did so much for the students.”

In his commitment to education, Griffith also spearheaded a program to help high school dropouts gain admission to college. Before joining the staff at Medgar Evars, Griffith was also a founder of CUNY Prep High School.

Griffith was preparing for his graduation from Medgar Evars as he had just defended his dissertation in urban education.

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