Holmes Program

Governance & History

Holmes Scholars Governance

The AACTE Committee on Global Diversity serves as an advisory group for the development of the AACTE Holmes Scholars® Program. The Committee also oversees the mentoring and professional development activities offered to Scholars in collaboration with the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA). Other AACTE groups, such as the Committee on Research and Dissemination, also engage the Scholars in various professional development opportunities.

The Holmes Scholars Council was established to provide a formal structure for maintenance of the program. The following members were elected to the Council for 2016-2017:

  • President: Whitney Watkins, University of Central Florida
  • Vice President: Terrance McNeil, Florida A&M University
  • Secretary: Shalander Samuels, University of Central Florida
  • Research Coordinator: Shaywanna Harris, University of Central Florida
  • Historian: Carlos Richardson, Bowie State University
  • Sergeant at Arms: Dana Dunwoody, Boston University
  • General Alternate: Portia Williams, Auburn University
  • General Alternate: Alvin Davis, Florida A&M University

Holmes Scholars Program History

AACTE assumed ownership of the Holmes Scholars Program upon dissolution of the Holmes Partnership in 2010. The Holmes Scholars Program was originally established in 1991 by the Holmes Group (which later evolved into the Holmes Partnership) with the primary goal of establishing equity, diversity, and cultural competence in programs of higher education and PK-12 schools. The program was designed to enrich the scholarly experience and professional training of talented graduate-level students from underrepresented minority backgrounds or students with disabilities pursuing careers in education. Since its inception, more than 600 students have benefited from the program, and more than 200 are now in tenure-track and leadership positions, including AACTE Board members Wanda Blanchett (Rutgers University), Dianne Mark (Coastal Carolina University), and Monika Shealey (Rowan University) and several other education deans including Lora Bailey (New Mexico Highlands University), Andrew Daire (Virginia Commonwealth University), Jacob Easley (Eastern Connecticut State University), Phyllis Metcalf-Turner (Prairie View A&M University), and Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman (Winona State University). AACTE was a national partner of the Holmes Partnership from its inception. Learn more about the early years of the Holmes Scholars in this article.

Beginning in June 2001, AACTE and the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and later the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, jointly assumed the management and coordination of the Holmes Scholars Program for the Holmes Partnership. Over the years, AACTE staff has worked closely with the Holmes Scholars Council, an elected body of Scholars representing each region of the United States, as well as with the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) in the preparation of an annual conference and job fair. Scholars' evaluations of the program have consistently shown that its most valuable aspects are the networking and professional development opportunities offered during the Annual Meeting and the annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute.

See what Holmes participants and alumni say about the program