PHOENIX – Oct 15, 2012 — Dr. Sandra Miller Holst, Vice President of Student Affairs at Paradise Valley Community College, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA).  The organization, one of four regional councils of the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), promotes the recruitment, access, and retention of community college students, while providing professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators.


Dr. Miller Holst is also one of 25 community college administrators selected in a highly competitive nationwide process to participate in the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, October 21-27 in Phoenix. The Institute’s focus is to “transform good administrators into extraordinary leaders,” and criteria for selection include achievement of senior-level administrative position, proven leadership and advocacy skills, and track record in motivating others.  Approximately 25 percent of African Americans in community college CEO positions are Lakin Institute graduates.   “I am honored to be chosen to participate in this exciting and transformative professional development experience,” said Dr. Miller Holst.  “It is an extraordinary opportunity to learn firsthand from successful leaders who are willing to share their expertise.”

Dr. Miller Holst has worked more than 25 years in postsecondary education advocating for access, equity and excellence in higher education.  She joined PVCC in 2011, following six years as Vice President and Dean at SUNY Dutchess Community College, and seven years as a Senior Director at the College Board. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Capella University; Master of Science in Counselor Education and Student Personnel Services, State University of New York, Brockport; Master’s of Education in Educational Administration, Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, State University of New York, New Paltz.