The ceremony, held at the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center in Olean, also recognized August and 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 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
“It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, JCC’s alumni relations director. “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 six states, most recently as a tutor and counselor for Upward Bound programs.
He has also lectured widely on diversity, gender and sexuality, and the experiences of underrepresented student groups.
Dr. Holland is a 1993 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, where he earned a degree in liberal arts. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s degree in higher education administration at 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, visit www.sunyjcc.edu/alumni.