Tiffani L. Blake joined New York Institute of Technology as interim dean of students for the Long Island and New York City campuses in July 2019 after serving as dean of students at The College of New Rochelle (CNR) since January 2015. At CNR, she supervised student activities, residence life, health and wellness initiatives, new student orientation, student leadership, judicial affairs, and commuter student services across four schools and five campuses. She played a leadership role in coordinating new student success communities and focused on promoting an educational environment celebrating diversity, encouraging personal growth, and recognizing individual needs.
Previously, she was the special assistant to the CNR president for mission and board relations. She worked to inspire the community to embrace the college's mission of education and service and served as the liaison between the president and the board of trustees. Prior to that, she served as the associate director and director of student development.
In addition to her extensive higher education experience, Tiffani is dedicated to service and volunteerism. Actively involved in the Archdiocese of New York, she has been a commissioner of the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese since 2005. She is a member of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a 2016 recipient of the Business Council of Westchester's Rising Star award, which recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who excel in their fields/leadership in the county.
She currently serves on the board of trustees of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle and has organized and participated in several service trips in Mexico, Haiti, and the U.S., among other volunteer activities.
An alumna of CNR, Tiffani holds a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Baruch College and a master's degree in higher and post-secondary education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Currently, she is enrolled in a doctoral program in organizational leadership at Northeastern University.
- Dissertation topic will focus on African-American female adult learners; technological self-efficacy; undergraduate "in the classroom" experiences with academic technology
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, Individual Excellence Award, Senior Professional, LICSPA Higher Education Professionals of Long Island and New York City, 2021
- Recipient, 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award from The Business Council of Westchester, June 2016
- Recipient, Standing on their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of Women Award from the Bronx Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., March 2017
- Recipient, Trailblazer Award from the Psi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., April 2019