Higher Education
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kimberly Holmes

Kimberly Holmes

Kimberly Holmes

Assistant Dean and Director of Retention and Student Success

Retention; Women and under-represented students and faculty in STEM; Diversity and inclusion; College access; Policy

Kimberly Holmes serves as Assistant Dean and Director of Retention and Student Success at George Mason University. She is responsible for developing and implementing campus-wide degree completion and student success initiatives in collaboration with colleagues in Student Academic Affairs, Academic units, and University Life.  She also leads a team in managing UNIV100 transition courses and programs.  Her previous work has included roles in residence life, academic advising, summer bridge programs, undergraduate research programs, and graduate student support.  In addition to her roles in university settings, she has worked with a number of non-profit educational organizations.  

 

Dr. Holmes’ research interests include the experiences of women of color in STEM and expanding access to higher education for underrepresented groups, including students of color, first-generation college students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. She is part of a research team studying the experiences of high-achieving minority students in STEM, and has co-authored several publications and presentations on this topic. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park, M.Ed. in Higher Education from the College of William & Mary and a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Richmond.