Mr. Dekendrick Murray has been named the director of Student Accessibility Services at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) effective February 1, 2021. In his role as the director for Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Mr. Murray will lead the campus’ charge in providing access through academic accommodations, educational consultation, and enrichment services for our scholars with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. He will also oversee our new federally funded $1.3 million TRIO Student AcceSSS Program (SASP) that will provide proactive support services to SAS Scholars who are first-generation and/or limited-income.
Prior to this role, Dekendrick served as the assistant director for the Office of Academic Support (OAS) at the University of Florida, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the office’s Student Success Programs and departmental services targeting students who were first-generation, were limited-income, had a documented disability and/or had an academic need. During this time, he championed access and opportunity — working with the Campus’ Disability Resource Center to remove barriers for student access and success, overseeing the coordination of academic intervention and retention initiatives for over 1,200 OAS scholars, aiding in successfully writing a $1.3 Million TRIO Student Support Services Grant to serve students, co-founding a nationally recognized Biological Science Conference for underrepresented students, and leading the annual distribution of over $59K in academic year scholarships for OAS program participants. He also served on various institutional committees and the FL TRIO State Association Board of Directors and led the successful proposal writing for a comprehensive campus living-and-learning community to support first-time-in-college students.
He is also a four times TRIO alumni (Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science Regional Institute, Educational Talent Search, and Ronald E. McNair Scholars) who has worked with the TRIO program professionally for over 5 years. He holds a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership and Organizational Development from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida.
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Murray on his new position at North Carolina Central University!