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 Derek L Markley

Derek L Markley

Chief of Staff

Office: 1120 - Old Main
Phone: 217-581-7610

Derek works on a diverse range of projects for the President’s Office. He provides administrative support and strategic leadership for the President’s initiatives and priorities, working closely with other senior administrators, the deans, faculty, students, and Trustees of the University. Some of his duties
include oversight for state government relations, policy research & analysis, renewable energy related projects, and serving as the President’s Office representative in work with numerous on-campus and off campus groups.

Derek holds a baccalaureate degree in history and an M.B.A. in Business Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. His graduate research focused on brand personality and consumer self-concept as antecedents of purchase decisions. Derek completed his doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Leadership & Policy. His doctoral research centered on policy, operations, and marketing within the Tennessee Technology Center system. This research included extensive work with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Derek’s policy interests include performance-based accountability, higher education finance, and the privatization of public higher education.

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