UNC Charlotte graduate among the dead in Amtrak crash

Dr. Derrick Griffith

A New York college dean who graduated from UNC Charlotte is among the dead in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.

Dr. Derrick E. Griffith, 42, who earned a Bachelor's Degree from UNC Charlotte in history in 1992, was among the seven people killed when the derailed Tuesday night

Dr. Griffith was the acting dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. That school is part of City University of New York.

"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," said the school in a statement on its website.

The school said Griffith was granted a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Education by the City University of New York Graduate Center just a month ago.

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