De Anza names Lloyd Holmes as new college president

Lloyd Holmes. Image courtesy of De Anza College website.

New leadership is coming to Cupertino’s De Anza College.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District announced Tuesday evening that its Board voted to name Lloyd Holmes as the school’s new president.

Holmes will takeover from interim-president Christina Espinosa-Pieb, who will return to her role at Vice President of Instruction.

“Together, we will do even greater things to positively impact our students, faculty, staff and community,” Holmes said.

Holmes currently serves as Vice President of student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. That school serves approximately 40,000 students per year at two campuses. Of interest in student-housing-starved Cupertino, Monroe houses nearly 800 students in its residence halls.

In total, Holmes has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education administration. He attended community college before earning bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Additionally, Holmes has worked with State University of New York (SUNY) to implement a number of programs to reduce student hunger and to improve pathways to success.

District Chancellor Judy Miner praised Holmes’ skills and experience.

“He will cultivate the enormous talent that exists within our campus community, suggest new ways to collaborate, and welcome those with expertise to share,” Miner said.

Holmes and his husband will relocate to California, with Holmes taking the reins on July 1. His salary starts at $195,711 per year.