College culture, student experiences, student development, student engagement, student success, organizational administration, LGBTQ student development
Dr. Christopher Holland serves as the Assistant Dean/Chief Housing Officer at George Mason University. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Student Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville before coming to Mason in August 2018. With over 20 years of professional service in working with college students, Dr. Holland’s career in higher education has taken him from Montana to Mississippi to New York. He has served as a Director of Housing at a small public state traditional women’s college and at a large research one university and has served as a Dean of Students at both small private liberal arts and larger public colleges and universities.
Dr. Holland earned his AA in liberal arts from Jamestown Community College in New York and was named its “Outstanding Alumni” in May 2016; his B.A. and M.A. in English from State University of New York College at Fredonia where he served in various leadership roles while also teaching 8th and 9th grade English; his M.S. in Higher Education Administration from State University of New York at Albany, where he served as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees from 2000-2002; and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama.
His research interests focus on college culture, the student experience, and how both effect and affect each other in the context of student development. His dissertation, “The Experiences of Gay Male Students at a Traditional Women’s University” was both published and the 2009 recipient of ACPA’s Research Recognition Award. In addition to his publications, Dr. Holland has presented at various conferences in higher education all over the country, was selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, and was named the Director of the New Professionals Institute for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). He has also been involved in numerous boards and organizations and was named the NASPA Region III “Most Outstanding Community College Professional” in 2017.
Outside of work, he enjoys being actively involved in the community, mentoring at-risk youth, traveling, and living in Northern Virginia with his partner of 16 years, Cole, their eight-year-old son, Cayden.