Archie L. Holmes Jr., vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Virginia, will be the next executive vice chancellor of academic affairs at The University of Texas System. The appointment will be a homecoming for Holmes, who grew up in Texas, received his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1991 from UT Austin and was a faculty member in the Cockrell School of Engineering for a decade before joining the University of Virginia.

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Since earning graduate degrees at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Holmes has established himself as a lauded educator, researcher and administrative leader who has led initiatives to advance students’ educational experiences and recruit a rich and diverse distinguished academic community.

“I am delighted that Dr. Archie Holmes will be returning to Texas, bringing extensive administrative experience and a passion for educational opportunity,” Milliken said. “He is a proven higher education leader who has been deeply immersed in areas important to all UT academic institutions, including student scholarship, access and success, online learning and innovation in curriculum, student life, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Holmes is widely recognized for his collaborative and entrepreneurial style of working with students, faculty and administrative colleagues.”

As executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, Holmes will work closely with the presidents and the academic leadership of the eight UT academic institutions to help them achieve their strategic goals to advance their institutions. He also will hold a professorship in the Cockrell School.

“I am humbled and honored that Chancellor Milliken and the Board of Regents have selected me for this important role,” Holmes said. “I look forward to returning to Texas and working with the excellent leadership teams at the System offices and the eight academic institutions to advance efforts in education, research, student success and community service for the benefit of Texas, our nation and the world.”

While at UT Austin, Holmes was an assistant and then associate professor in the Cockrell School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and served on the Faculty Council and as both an undergraduate and faculty advisor.

Since 2007, he has served as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to being named vice provost for academic affairs in 2016, he served as vice provost for educational innovation and interdisciplinary studies and associate provost. Among his many accomplishments there, he led efforts to better integrate academic advising, career advising and personal development; provide opportunities for students to enhance their education via experiential learning opportunities; and enhance diversity and equity programs, including working with the university’s schools on strategic diversity plans.

At both UT Austin and the University of Virginia, Holmes led or served on numerous committees and task forces related to academic advising, curriculum reform, and student and faculty recruiting.

Holmes also has received numerous awards for his teaching and advising activities. At UT Austin, he received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in Engineering and the Gordon T. Lepley IV Endowed Memorial Teaching Award. At the University of Virginia, Holmes was an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching and received a Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize in 2012. Holmes also received an Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association in 2005 and Trigon’s Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award in 2013.

His research focuses on the development of novel optoelectronic devices, and his work has been funded by several federal agencies. He has co-authored more than 120 scientific publications and delivered more than 70 conference presentations.

Holmes will begin his new position with the UT System on Oct. 1.

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