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Robin Cohen-La Valle
Robin Cohen-La Valle - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Robin Cohen-La Valle

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Robin Cohen-La Valle ’77 (Psychology & Contract) ’82g (Psychology – Counseling & Organizational Behavior) was appointed assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students in July 2020. In this role she supervises student conduct, oversees the Disability Resource Center and manages the Student Health Service and the Psychological Counseling Center.

Cohen-La Valle began her career at New Paltz in 1980 in the Career Resource Center where she rose to associate director. She was later appointed assistant dean of students in 1995, associate dean of students in 1998, interim dean in 2014 and dean in 2015.

During her tenure at the College, Cohen-La Valle has been instrumental in expanding new student orientation and parent programs. She was a key participant in the creation of the New Paltz Tavern Owner’s Agreement, and a principal author in the FIPSE grants that catapulted New Paltz to national recognition for its programming to prevent alcohol abuse. She also collaborated with the Office of Compliance and Campus Climate in updating College policies, protocols and trainings in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” legislation, which is intended to combat sexual assault on college campuses. 

Cohen-La Valle served as Chairperson of the Personal Safety Committee, on the Executive Board of the Alumni Council, and as a member of the Academic Standing Committee and the Transfer Applicant Judicial Review Committee. She is a recipient of a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and was awarded the Alumni Heritage Award in 2017.

A two-time SUNY New Paltz alumna, Cohen-La Valle earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1977, and a master’s degree in psychology in 1982.