Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (VPSL) at Lewis and Clark College. As the senior student affairs officer for the campus, her responsibilities include enhancing and transforming the student experience at the College, ensuring that the student voice and student needs are considered in decision making, and overseeing the departments and programs of Campus Living, Career Services, Case Management, Clubs and Organizations, College Outdoors, Commencement, Counseling Service, Health Promotion and Wellness, Health Services, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, Leadership and Service, New Student Orientation, Physical Education and Athletics, Club Sports, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Student Support Services.
Before joining Lewis and Clark College, she was at the University of California (UC) and held the role as UC’s systemwide Vice President for Student Affairs, where she provided strategic leadership in support of the 10 UC campuses in the development and implementation of systemwide policy and practice in the areas of undergraduate admissions, student financial support and student life and ensured a world-class student experience that was transformative, and rested on the pillars of access, affordability and student engagement.
Prior to serving at the University of California, she served as Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon (UO), serving 9 of her 25-year Oregon career as the Senior Student Affairs Officer for the campus. At UO, she led efforts in support of students’ academic success including the construction of new residence halls, a new student union, recreation center and health/counseling center additions. She also provided leadership and policy development in the areas of sexual assault/sexual violence prevention, campus climate, co-curricular learning opportunities, suicide prevention, wellness initiatives and cultural competency.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintained a clinical practice for 23 years. She consults on issues of diversity, multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations as well as leadership development and mental health and wellness issues. She has taught classes and workshops on multiculturalism, multicultural competence in therapy, cross-cultural dynamics in conflict mediation as well as identity formation and development.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.