NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle President Judith Huntington announces the appointment of Tiffani Blake as Dean of Students, effective January 2015.
“Tiffani Blake is uniquely qualified for this position. An alumna of CNR, she is deeply committed to the College’s mission and brings a wealth of student development knowledge and experience to her new role,” commented President Huntington.
Most recently, Blake served as the Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Board Relations. Previously, she held continuously progressive positions of responsibility in student life at CNR, including as Associate Director of Student Development and Director of Student Development.
In her new role, Blake will directly supervise areas and programs that enhance student engagement and campus life including: student activities, residence life, health and wellness initiatives, orientation, student leadership, judicial affairs, commuter student services, and play a leadership role in the coordination of student success communities for new students, which are being developed with the aid of the multi-million dollar federal grants the College recently received. Blake will also provide outreach to all campuses and promote an educational environment which celebrates diversity, encourages personal growth, and recognizes individual needs.
Blake noted that she is excited to begin her new role and looks forward to the chance to, ”continue to enhance the collegiate experience at CNR that will support students’ academic success as they pursue their baccalaureate and graduate degrees.”
Blake’s commitment to student life at CNR began even before she graduated. As a CNR student, she implemented new student orientation and was hired upon graduation to work under the Vice President for Student Services, where she learned the operations of the division. During her work in student development, she was responsible for developmental programming, and successfully managed student crises. Blake also adjudicated student code of conduct violations and implemented living-learning communities in the residence halls as well as provided instruction in the first-year lab course for the past two years.
Blake earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from The College of New Rochelle and two subsequent master's degrees: the first in psychology from Baruch College, and the second in higher and post-secondary education from Teacher's College of Columbia University. While earning the latter degree, Blake attained the theoretical knowledge in student development theory to compliment her practical experience.