It was an honor for me to attend a welcome reception on Monday for Dr. Erica Holmes,
our new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services.
Since July 1, her first day on the job, Erica has immersed herself in accreditation issues.
She has put in long hours reviewing the Self-Study Report we will submit to the Higher
Learning Commission next week. The “fresh set of eyes” she has brought to this all-
important task has already had a positive impact, and for that I am extremely grateful.
At the reception, Erica noted that she is reading the Self-Study from the perspective of a
peer reviewer, and is paying close attention to the document’s consistency, the
supporting body of evidence and how it aligns with our Standard Practice Guide.
She also observed that she is excited about the “people and possibilities” at Pima and
that she sees how committed our faculty and staff are to creating a premier learning
environment for our students.
Erica is a first-generation college student from a small town in Virginia. She is a
community college graduate herself and spent time as an instructor before becoming an
administrator. She joined the Pima family after serving as Vice President of Academic
and Student Affairs at Kennedy-King College, one of the colleges in the City Colleges of
This breadth of experience will serve her – and Pima – well as we move forward. As I
noted in the announcement of her appointment early last month, Erica will be an
integral member of the Pima’s leadership team.
And please mark your calendars, a welcome reception for Dr. Lorraine Morales, the new
President of our Community Campus, will be held Thursday, July 24 at the campus in
Room A109-112. The 90-minute reception begins at 3:30. I hope to see you there.