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Top Hilbert administrator named president of Louisiana college

Christopher L. Holoman, a top administrator at Hilbert College for the last decade, will become president of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport in July.

Centenary’s board of trustees announced his appointment following a meeting Thursday.

“Centenary College’s board of trustees has recognized Dr. Holoman’s exceptional leadership talent, which will be deeply missed at Hilbert College, where he has served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2006,” Hilbert President Cynthia A. Zane said. “I know I speak for the entire Hilbert community when I say we are thrilled that Dr. Holoman has attained his professional goal to become a college president.”

Holoman, 58, has been at Hilbert since 1999, first as an assistant professor, then as a full professor in the department of law and government.

“I am so excited to lead a college with the deep commitment to the liberal arts that Centenary has,” he said.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., he earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago and was a faculty member at the University at Buffalo before going to Hilbert.

Holoman will succeed B. David Rowe, president of Centenary since 2009, who is becoming president of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla.

Centenary, which has an enrollment of 501 undergraduates and 107 postgraduates, was founded in 1825 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

The college is the oldest in Louisiana and the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River.