Robin Holmes-Sullivan

Vice President, Student Affairs

Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan recently became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of California in the Office of the President. Prior to starting at UCOP, she worked at the University of Oregon for nearly 25 years — serving for the last 9 years as Vice President for Student Life where she led the UO’s efforts in support of students’ academic success and oversaw the Career Center, the Counseling and Testing Center, the Dean of Students office, the Erb Memorial Union, the University Health Center, the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, University Housing and the Department of Physical Education and Recreation. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and consults on issues of diversity and multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations. She has taught classes and workshops on multiculturalism, multicultural competencies in therapy, multicultural organizational development, cross-cultural dynamics in conflict mediation as well as identity formation and development.

Dr. Holmes was the principal investigator of the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Grant awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She has research experience and expertise in working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender. She served as the Special Project Leader overseeing the Cultural Competency Project, an effort to enhance awareness, knowledge and skills for cultural competency in higher education at the professional, academic and organizational levels. She completed an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at UC Berkeley through the Office of the Chancellor in 2007–2008.

Dr. Holmes 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.