College Remembers Former President Holmes
- We are sad to write that William J. Holmes, the fourth President of Simmons College, recently passed away.
- President Holmes contributed a great deal to the Simmons community in over two decades of leadership, including several major improvements that still benefit students today. The Boston Globe shared his obituary.
I write to share the sad news that William J. Holmes, the fourth President of Simmons College, passed away this morning, Friday, February 7. Holmes became president in 1970 and retired from the College in 1993.
During his tenure, President Holmes led several major initiatives that had a tremendous impact on the College. He oversaw two major fundraising campaigns: PRIDE I (for renovations to the Main College Building) and PRIDE II (to increase salaries, the endowment, and to provide funding for endowed chairs). He also led the construction of both the Park Science Center and the Holmes Sport Center. During his presidency, the College added two additional graduate schools (the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Health Studies, now called the School of Nursing and Health Sciences) and many new graduate programs.- President Helen Drinan
Read President Drinan's full memorial.
Professor Bob White shared with us this video looking back at what Simmons meant to President Holmes in his own words upon his retirement in 1993. This loving tribute, created by faculty, staff, and students, shows some of the highlights of Holmes's tenure, including how he led the college through some turbulent times for the nation.