Asst Dir, KSB Honors & Advising
School of Education
Bachelor of Business Administration, Stetson University;
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, Higher Education Administration, The George Washington University
Derek Jansante (he/him/his) holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University. Professionally, he serves as Assistant Director of Kogod Honors and Advising in the Kogod School of Business at American University. In this role, he serves as primary manager for the undergraduate Kogod Honors Program and provides a variety of academic support services to undergraduate students, including course planning, navigating personal and academic challenges, facilitating studying abroad, internship, and independent study opportunities, and clarifying various academic regulations and policies. Prior to his time at American University, Jansante worked at the Victory Fund and Institute, a political action committee and non-profit that aims to elect LGBT leaders to public office and train them to serve effectively. He was most proud to help elect the first openly LGBT U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin, in 2012. He then worked as Alumni Relations Coordinator in the Office of Alumni Relations at the George Washington University (GW). At GW, he coordinated logistical details and event preparation for regional and young alumni events throughout the country as well as advised the university’s student-alumni association. Outside of his professional life, he serves as the Washington, D.C. Chapter Chair and Regional Vice President on the Stetson University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jansante spends much of his time playing Stonewall Dodgeball, one of Washington, D.C.’s many LGBT sports, cooking/eating, and playing with his rescue dogs, Keanue and Dalia.