Dr. Christopher L. Holoman is the 31st president of Centenary College of Louisiana. Dr. Holoman began his service on July 15, 2016.
Previously the Provost at Hilbert College, Hamburg, N.Y., Dr. Holoman has extensive experience as professor and administrator.
“I am so excited to lead a college with the deep commitment to the liberal arts that Centenary has,” said Holoman. “The liberal arts are essential to preparing students for the world in which they live because a liberal arts education teaches you how to think. In this fast-paced world, our students need tools like effective communication and critical thinking in order to reinvent themselves and adapt. Centenary is providing what our students need and what our society needs as well.”
Holoman began work at Hilbert College in 1999, first as an assistant professor and then full professor in the college’s Department of Law and Government. He served as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs for a year before being named permanently to the position of Vice President and Provost in 2007. He also served as member or chair for numerous college committees including the Middle States accreditation self-study steering committee and the service learning committee. Holoman also chaired the Western New York Chief Academic Officers Council and served as a mentor in the Council of Independent Colleges’ New Chief Academic Officer program.
Prior to joining Hilbert College Holoman served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he taught in the Department of Political Science.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Holoman earned both doctorate and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Chicago. He also holds a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, majoring in international relations with a focus on economics. He has authored numerous papers and articles on international policy, cooperation, and monetary policy.
Dr. Holoman and his wife, Connie, are proud parents of two grown daughters.