Omar E. Torres
Regional Director of Client Relations and Engagement
Dr. Omar E. Torres is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Client Relations overseeing the southeast region with Grand River Solutions. In his 20 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Torres has served in various Student Affairs-related capacities such as case management, fraternity and sorority life, leadership development, residence life, student activities, student conduct, and wellness initiatives. He has actively participated and developed strategic planning and assessment initiatives at the department, division, and institution levels.
Dr. Torres previously served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (and previously, as the Dean of Student Services and Campus Life) at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to his time at Clark Atlanta, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and, shortly before that, as the Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at SUNY Old Westbury in Long Island, NY. Dr. Torres has held various administrative positions at several other institutions across the country, including The Catholic University of America, Texas Christian University, St. John’s University, and SUNY Albany.
Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Torres has been an active member of several higher education professional organizations, including ACPA (where he served as the HBCU liaison for the Georgia chapter), NASPA (where he served on both the Region II Advisory Board and the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Advisory Board), and the Association of Student Conduct Administration (where he served on the faculty of the Donald Gehring Academy and Chair of both the Leadership Development and Diversity Committees). Recently, Dr. Torres was invited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a peer reviewer.
Prior to his administrative career in higher education, Dr. Torres was selected as a Public Policy Fellow by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and completed his fellowship at the United States Department of Justice. He also worked as an intern with the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB), responsible for conducting a detailed review and analysis of indigent legal defense spending for the Office of the Mayor.
Dr. Torres completed his Doctor of Education at Northeastern University, focusing his dissertation on how university leaders perceive their role in promoting an ethical campus climate for their students. He also completed his Master of Public Administration, Certificate of Graduate Study, and Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany.