Lorretta Holloway has accepted an offer to become FSU’s next vice president for enrollment and student development, according to an email sent out by University President F. Javier Cevallos on Thursday, March 10.
Holloway has been serving as the University’s interim vice president for enrollment and student development since last summer, when former VPESD Susanne Conley retired.
She said in an email that she is “humbled and honored” to be offered this position.
Holloway was announced as one of three finalists for the position in an email sent out by Dean of Students Melinda Stoops on Jan. 26. The other candidates were Kara Kolomitz, vice president of student affairs at Regis College, and Adrian Haugabrook, vice president for student success and engagement at Wheelock College.
Holloway and the other finalists participated in open forum discussions with the FSU community last month.
Prior to being interim VPESD, Holloway taught in FSU’s English department for 15 years.
Holloway said she hopes to use her position to strengthen bridges between academic affairs and student affairs.
“We will need to keep doing this if we are going to keep improving the intellectual and social experiences of our students,” said Holloway, adding she also hopes to improve community involvement and how the University engages potential students.
In a statement released by the University, Cevallos said Holloway is “a dynamic leader who is passionate about student success.”
He added, “Over the past seven months, she has proven to be highly qualified in her role as interim vice president and I have full confidence that she will continue to be successful moving forward.”
SGA President Dan Costello said he is “pleased” with Cevallos’ decision.
“She has done a phenomenal job in the interim role and I am confident that she will do fantastic work for the Division and the University.”
He added as SGA president, he was one of several student representatives on the VPESD search committee and he advocated for the candidate who would best serve the interests of the students.
“I feel that Dr. Holloway, as well as the other two finalists, fit that expectation.”
Desmond McCarthy, professor and chair of the English department, said, “While I am sad Lorretta Holloway will no longer be a member of the English department, I am looking forward to working collaboratively with her in her new role.”
Describing his former colleague as “both practical and visionary,” McCarthy added Holloway is “an ethical and empathetic person, a gifted teacher who understands that the academic mission of the University is at the center of all we do, and someone who will always put the needs of students first as vice president of enrollment and student development.”
English Professor and former chair Elaine Beilin said she is “delighted” that Holloway was chosen as VPESD.
She said Holloway is a “gifted and dedicated educator” who will “bring her deep understanding, care and concern for our students to this new position.”
Beilin added she will miss Holloway’s company in May Hall, but takes comfort in the fact that she will be making important contributions to FSU.
Upon hearing the news of her selection, Holloway said her mother began to cry.
She added her mother told her “to be honest and forthright” and to remain a role model not only for FSU students, “but especially minority women, working-class women and my two daughters.”
Associate Editor Alexandra Gomes and News Editor Julia Sarcinelli contributed to this article.
Desmond McCarthy is the advisor to The Gatepost.