Wednesday, July 1st 2015

Dr. Bill Holda announces January 2016 retirement as president of KC

Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda announced today that he will step down as president of Kilgore College effective Jan. 31, 2016.

Holda was selected as the eighth president of KC on July 2, 1996, by the KC Board of Trustees.

“There are many reasons that this is the best time for me, for my family and for Kilgore College.  At the top of the list is the expectation of our first grandchild in December,” Holda said.  “Also the institution will kick off its re-accreditation efforts in 2016.  This is a process that culminates with a challenging off-site review and on-site review in 2018 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.”

Holda said having been through four of these reaffirmations at KC over the past 40 years, it is critical that the individual who serves as president in 2018 for the culmination of the accreditation process should be here to initiate the review in 2016.

He also said he is encouraged by the recent elections of KC board members.

“The Kilgore College Board has committed to work together as a team and to improve its own functioning and communication with one another and with the college leadership,” Holda said. “The college is in better hands as it prepares for the next era of leadership.”

Holda is a native of Lafayette, Ind. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.; a Masters of Music in Voice Pedagogy from Indiana University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from East Texas State University.

He has worked at KC since 1975, starting out as an instructor of voice, ear training, opera workshop and music theory.

In May of 1976, he was named Director of the Fine Arts Division and supervised the departments of music, art, theater and dance until 1981.

From 1981-90, he was an instructor of music and philosophy, serving in various capacities at the institution, as well as on numerous state and local committees and task forces. 

In November, 1982, following four years of study, he was ordained to the Order of Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

In May of 1990, he was named Dean of Admissions and Registrar at KC. During that administrative tenure, he supervised the offices of guidance and counseling, testing, admissions and recruiting, financial aid, job placement, institutional research, the college library and instructional media center. 

In the spring of 1992, Holda entered The Graduate School of East Texas State University, and in August, 1995, was awarded the Doctor of Education degree, with highest distinction, majoring in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction (Higher Education) with a minor in music.

He assumed the presidency of KC on Sept. 1, 1996.

He has been an active member (and past president) of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and highly involved in numerous professional, civic, state and national organizations and boards. 

These efforts, along with innumerable professional accomplishments, have garnered Dr. Holda respect and admiration nationwide.

He has served various churches in the region, both in a musical and ministerial capacity, and also performs as a tenor soloist for various musical events.

He and his wife, Scotti Wood, have six children:  Patricia, John, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Lindsay and Allissa.


List of KC Presidents All-Time:

  • W. L. Dodson, Aug. 1, 1935 to May 23, 1946
  • Dr. B. E. Masters, May 24, 1946 to Jan. 1, 1954
  • Dr. Cruce Stark, Jan. 1, 1954 to June 1, 1964
  • Dr. Randolph C. Watson, June 1, 1964 to Aug. 31, 1978
  • Dr. Stewart McLaurin, Sept. 1, 1978 to Jan. 3, 1989
  • Bert E. Woodruff, Jan. 19, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1993
  • Dr. J. Frank Thornton, Feb. 1, 1993 to July 31, 1996
  • Dr. William M. Holda, Sept. 1, 1996 to present