•  Dr. Richard Holland

    President Richard Holland
    In 2002 Dr. Richard D. Holland became the tenth President of the University of West Alabama founded in 1835. He earned his bachelor and master’s degree in Biology at the University of West Alabama and his Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to becoming President, he served as Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UWA.

    Holland’s contributions to the University, the community, and the State of Alabama are numerous. His areas of service include: chair of UWA’s Reaffirmation Self-Study Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1991 and 2002; chair of the Faculty Senate for five terms; member of the Board of Directors of the UWA Foundation; Chair of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education Council of Presidents(2007-2009); member of the President’s Council of the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama; State of Alabama Liaison to The American Association of State Colleges and Universities; member of the Board of Directors of the Sumter County Fine Arts Council; member of the Board of Directors and President of the Sumter County Historical Society; Chair of the Sumter County Nature Trust; member of the City of Livingston Beautification Committee; member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Wildflower Society; past member of the Alabama Advisory Committee on Roadside Plantings; past member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy Chapter of Alabama; member of the Board of the Tombigbee Resource Conservation and Development Council; Chair of the West Alabama Regional Alliance; member of the Board of Directors of the Black Belt Community Foundation; member of the Governor’s Black Belt Action Commission; Chair of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium; past member of the Alabama National Register Review Board ; member of the Alabama Trust for Historical Preservation; member of the Board of Directors for Forever Wild Land Trust; member of Advisory Board for the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art at the University of Alabama; recipient of the Silver Beaver Award presented by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth. Other honors include membership in the UWA Society of the Golden Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Chi National Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society, Beta, Beta, Beta National Biological Honor Society, recipient of the UWA Gilbert Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1984 and 1990; UWA Faculty Loyalty Award; Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Conservation Districts, Area III; Sterling’s Who’ Who International; Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Cambridge Who’s Who; Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Higher Education Administration, and the Strathmore Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders.

    In recent years, he has played a primary role in the establishment of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, the Black Belt Museum, the Black Belt Gardens, and the Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute.