University of Oregon
The Office of the President: University of Oregon

Robin H. Holmes

Dr. Robin Holmes became Vice President for Student Life on July 15, 2007. As Vice President, Dr. Holmes leads the university’s efforts in support of students’ academic success, and oversees the Career Center, the Counseling and Testing Center, the Dean of Students office, the Erb Memorial Union, the University Health Center, the Holden Center, University Housing, and the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.

Dr. Holmes is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked at the University of Oregon since 1992. She also maintains a clinical therapy practice and consults on issues of diversity and multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations. She served as Dean of Students and director of the University Counseling and Testing Center prior to her appointment as Vice President. 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.

Dr. Holmes was one of 39 American Council on Education Fellows for 2007, and worked for five-months at the University of California, Berkeley as part of her fellowship.
Dr. Holmes holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.