Holder takes reins as chair of KSU Foundation Board of Trustees
A new and yet familiar face has ascended to the chairmanship of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Thomas M. Holder‚ a board member since 1995‚ took the reins in November after being elected by his fellow trustees.
(Apr 21, 2003) — A new and yet familiar face has ascended to the chairmanship of the Kennesaw State
University Foundation Board of Trustees. Thomas M. Holder‚ a board member since 1995‚
took the reins in November after being elected by his fellow trustees.
"Certainly‚ it is an honor to be elected chair from among trustees I hold in high regard‚ any one of whom is equally well qualified to be chair‚" Holder said. "I didn’t initially realize the amount of time involved; it’s like having a second full−time job. But the rewards of doing work for an energetic and growing university are very satisfying."
Holder assumed the position formerly held by Dr. Michael J. Coles‚ who chaired the board for four years. As immediate past chair on the executive committee‚ Coles continues to be an active and supportive trustee. He also chairs the nominating committee‚ which considered all board members for the position before recommending Holder.
Asked what qualities the new chair possesses that will make him an effective leader‚ foundation President James A. Fleming responded‚ "Integrity‚ intellect and interest." He added that Holder has "outstanding people and organizational skills."
According to Fleming‚ the primary duty of Holder’s new position is to oversee all aspects of the KSU Foundation – the core purpose of which is to independently support‚ guide and protect the university – and to work cooperatively with Kennesaw State in support of its institutional mission.
Prior to his election‚ Holder served on the executive committee and also chaired the building committee. In the latter capacity‚ he helped oversee the planning‚ financing and construction of student housing and the parking decks‚ as well as the acquisition of property for use by KSU and the foundation. Professionally‚ he has been with Holder Construction Co. for more than 25 years. He became chief executive officer in 1990 and has served as chairman and CEO since 1997.
At the outset of his two−year term‚ Holder set forth three major goals: first‚ to expand the asset base‚ a top priority because such resources allow the foundation to increase endowments (for student scholarships)‚ encourage trustee giving and support institutional initiatives; second‚ to do a better job of connecting with foundation constituents (students‚ faculty‚ staff and administration); and third‚ to increase participation among the trustees.
In concert with expansion of the asset base‚ the foundation has an immediate goal of collaborating with the university to plan the next phase of student housing and expanded parking. Holder said this will involve financing another $80−$100 million for KSU.
"The foundation‚ like the university‚ is continuing to grow and evolve‚" the new chairman said. "Managing change and growth in a positive and timely manner is always a challenge."
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.