Derek Brinkley

Associate Board

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Derek began his career in higher education in 2010. An opportunity to move to Chicago landed in his lap in 2014 and he began working for Loyola University Chicago where he helped launch Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago¬† – a two year program for low-income, first generation college students that allows them to obtain an Associate’s degree debt-free. Derek has been at Columbia College Chicago since 2017 and serves as the Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions. As a former tap dancer and gymnast, he knows first-hand the value of the arts for young people!