06/07/2017

Alumni Success: Ryan Holmes '01

Since graduating from Loyola University New Orleans in 2001, Ryan C. Holmes has been awarded and exemplified for his extraordinary work in higher education for the past 16 years. 

After attending Loyola from 1996 until 2001, Ryan Holmes graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education. Prior to graduating, Holmes was a recipient of the Fr. James C. Carter Spirit of Loyola Exceptional Leadership Award, was SGA President and was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History. As a fun fact, he (and his current band at the time, Mental Metropolis) opened for both national artists The Roots and Outkast while still students at Loyola.

Contuining after graduation in 2001, Holmes worked at Boys Hope Girls Hope New Orleans, LA until enrolling at the University of Maryland – College Park in Fall 2002. He graduated from University of Maryland with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services. While at Maryland, he was also inducted into both and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International

After Maryland, Holmes served as both Community Coordinator and Director for Off-campus Communities at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA while pursuing a second Masters in Bilingual Bicultural Studies, in 2008, while still active as a singer, musician and songwriter. His CD, under RC Holmes entitled “…and then it all came together” was released in 2009. Also, while in Philadelphia, Holmes received the Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professionals from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2007.

While in El Paso, TX, Holmes has served as Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, and Assistant Vice President for Student Support from 2009-2017. Holmes also received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2014 from the University of Texas at El Paso. It was during this time that he was elected President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), received the association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Donald D. Gehring Award (for exceptional contributions to the field of Student Conduct Administration). He also currently serves as the Chair of ASCA’s Raymond Goldstone Foundation Board.

Recently, Holmes became of member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Theta Delta Lambda Graduate Chapter. Also, as a consultant, author, speaker and presenter, he has contributed to the topics of social justice, bias (as it relates to race, gender, and other unchangeable traits), conflict resolution, and entitlement through book chapters, journal articles, keynote addresses, and webinars (both nationally and internationally) of which the most recent was in Cebu City, Philippines.  

With all of these amazing accomplishments that Holmes has received since graduating from Loyola in 2001, he continues to make great and impactful strides in Higher Education. Holmes was recently named the new Associate Vice President and Dean of Students for the Division of Student Affairs at the Universtiy of Miami. 

To read further about Holmes' new position at the Universtiy of Miami, please click here

On behalf of the Office of Alumni Engagement and Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association, we congratulate Ryan Holmes on his incredible accomplishments thus far and continue to support him greatly in his successful journey. 

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