Lloyd A. Holmes
Message From the Chancellor
De Anza College Leadership Transition
Feb. 29, 2024
This afternoon, De Anza College President Lloyd Holmes announced his plans to resign after nearly four years with the district. I want to wish Lloyd all the best in the future and thank him for successfully guiding De Anza through a global pandemic while building on the college’s reputation and partnerships, reaching major planning milestones, and initiating new programs that will continue to benefit students for many years to come. Lloyd and the talented team at De Anza accomplished much to be proud of during a time of incredible change in higher education.
While I realize this announcement may come as a surprise, I want to assure you that I am committed to making the college’s leadership transition as seamless as possible. It is important that we maintain focus on our students and our mission.
To that end, I have asked Vice President of Instruction Christina Espinosa-Pieb to step into the role of acting president, and she has graciously agreed. I am confident that she will provide the stability and leadership we need to help the college navigate this change and continue to move forward.
As many of you know, Christina served as interim president of De Anza from July 2018 through June 2020. She has been the college’s vice president of instruction since 2008, and in her more than 40 years at De Anza, has worked in a variety of roles, including community volunteer, student employee, administrative assistant, lead affirmative action representative, coordinator of Disability Support Programs and Services, and dean of academic services. Her broad knowledge of all aspects of the college and demonstrated dedication to the success of our students will undoubtedly help to ensure a smooth transition.
We will begin planning for a nationwide search for De Anza’s next president right away. You can expect to hear details on the recruitment process and search timeline in the next few weeks.
A town hall has been scheduled at De Anza College tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A and B to answer any questions you have about next steps. Thank you for understanding the need for us to move quickly to fill this key position with as little disruption as possible. I look forward to working with everyone at De Anza to continue the college’s success.
Lee D. Lambert, J.D.
Message of Thanks
Feb. 29, 2024
Members of the De Anza Family,
It is with a lot of emotion that I write you today to share that I have made the decision to leave De Anza after almost four years. My time here has been filled with highs and lows, but all has been rewarding and seen as a growth opportunity by me.
When I came to De Anza in July 2020, I never imagined we’d have to navigate a pandemic that lasted so long, but we made it through. We’ve had other challenges as an institution, but we made it through those as well. It is because of our strength and resilience as a college that we know we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.
I started this journey with listening to so many of you, individually and as groups, and I attempted to lead in a manner that ensured all individuals felt valued and empowered to act in the best interest of our students. Together, we have accomplished so much. It was through each of you that the college continued its legacy of greatness. Since 2020,
- We have been awarded more than $6.85 million in grant funding.
- We were recognized by the Aspen Institute in both 2021 and 2023 as a Top 150 institution, making us eligible to apply for the Aspen Prize.
- We have been recognized multiple times by the Campaign for College Opportunity for our student success outcomes.
- We have consistently been ranked one of the top community colleges in the state for transfer.
- We were able to successfully complete multiple planning documents and reports.
- The college was successful in its application for a Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Technology Management and created a new autonomous vehicle pathway with a free tuition option in partnership with Nuro.
- The guided pathways work, including the creation of the Villages, received statewide recognition.
- Even now, we are working to expand our relationship with Apple.
These accomplishments came about as a result of the work of each of you, and I could not be more grateful. So many of you have shown me nothing but love and support throughout my tenure, and I will forever hold on to that.
Though my time at De Anza has come to an end today, know that I wish you nothing but even greater success. In one of my first presentations to the campus, I mentioned that one of my favorite songs has the line, “the best of my story has never been told.” I still believe this lyric holds true for me, and I firmly believe the same for De Anza College.
With deepest appreciation,
Reaffirming the Senior Staff Commitment to Classified Professionals
Lloyd A. Holmes, a veteran educator with a track record of removing barriers to student success, became president of De Anza College on July 1, 2020. He is the college's fourth president since its founding in 1967.
Before joining De Anza, Holmes was vice president of student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system of two- and four-year schools. He also provided statewide leadership in the SUNY system by mentoring other colleges on a student success initiative and serving on a statewide task force on student hunger.
Holmes was previously an administrator at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts, Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina and the University of Mississippi. He has taught graduate and undergraduate students, and worked as a residence hall adviser, financial aid adviser, coordinator of student wellness and alcohol and drug abuse programs, and dean of students. Throughout his career, he has been devoted to expanding student equity and success.
As De Anza president, Holmes leads a team of senior staff including vice presidents and associate vice presidents of Instruction, Administrative Services, Student Services and Communications and External Relations. He is also part of the leadership team for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, along with district Chancellor Lee Lambert, three vice chancellors and the president of Foothill College.
Holmes grew up in Mississippi, where he earned an associate degree at Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi – both in accounting. He continued his studies at the University of Mississippi by earning a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel services, followed by a doctorate in educational leadership.