Robert Cole is a senior health care administrator with over 30 years of experience in the public sector as well as in academic psychiatry. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1976 with a BA in History and from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH in 1990 with a master's degree in Organization and Management. He joined Yale Psychiatry and the CT Mental Health Center (CMHC) leadership group in 1988 as the chief administrator of CMHC. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, following a reorganization in 1997. Prior to coming to Yale, Robert served as Director of Grant and Contract Management and Chief of Administrative and Fiscal Services for the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (subsequently merged administratively with DMHAS).