Christopher Holland, '93, Ed.D., was named a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award.Christopher Holland, '93, Ed.D., will be named a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College’s commencement exercises on May 20.

The ceremony, which will be held at the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center in Olean, will also recognize December 2015 and May 2016 graduates.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus Award honors those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Of approximately 21,000 alumni, only 93 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

“It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “They began their academic careers at JCC and have gone on to achieve great things. They are wonderful role models and shining examples of the heights our students can reach.”

Now the Vice President of Student Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Dr. Holland has dedicated his professional life to working with youth. He has volunteered as a “big brother” for Big Brother, Big Sister programs in Florida, Montana, Mississippi, and New York and has mentored youth in various capacities in 6 states, most recently as a tutor and counselor for Upward Bound programs. He has lectured widely on diversity, gender and sexuality, and the experiences of underrepresented student groups.

"I truly appreciate this honor," Dr. Holland said. "I am deeply humbled by my alma mater, Jamestown Community College, bestowing this award on me. Over the past 20 years as I have progressed in my career and in working with my students, I have never forgotten the start that JCC provided to me and the impact that a place like JCC can have on a student's development."

Dr. Holland is a 1993 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, where he earned a degree in liberal arts. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the State University of New York at Fredonia and later earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University at Albany. He holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

For additional information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, including a full list of past recipients, click here.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:55am
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