Dr. Ed Holton, Director, Professor, colleague, and friend to retire


CHSE fondly thanks and bids farewell to Dr. Ed Holton, Director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD). Holton will retire effective May 15, 2015 after more than 23 years of service at LSU.

“We are thankful for Dr. Holton’s service and exceptional leadership in the College of Human Sciences & Education,” said CHSE Dean Damon Andrew. “His time spent here contributed greatly to the continued growth and development of the college. He will be missed not only as a colleague, but as a mentor and friend. We appreciate his hard work over the years, and wish him well in retirement.”

As if 23 years of service were not enough, Holton also produced programs that are moving our state forward. While at LSU, Holton worked to establish the Leadership Development Institute, the first of its kind in Louisiana. The institute provides a science-based focus on developing sustainable and effective leaders for Louisiana and the nation through innovative discovery, curricula, programs, and strategic partnerships with industry.This endeavor will create effective leaders who inspire excellence and sustainable performance, just like Holton himself.

“Meeting Dr. Holton at an international conference in Greece turned out to be one of the most impactful events in my life,” said Vicky Katsioloudes. “His presentation sparked my interest in the field of Human Resource Development and opened up a whole new world of academic and professional opportunities. At the time, I was living and working in Greece and without his encouragement and support I would not be at LSU today pursuing my PhD. I am sure Dr. Holton’s legacy will inspire many more students and practitioners…and many more publications!”

At a reception honoring Holton, one of his former students Lynda Wilson wrote: “Dr. Holton was a wonderful professor: I truly admire him for his knowledge of adult learners, his prolific writing of texts and publications in his field, and how he challenged his students. In addition to being a scholar, Dr. Holton was also a very genuine and approachable man. Not only was he always willing to take the time to personally work with and nurture his students’ academic pursuits, he also lived life with true humanity.”

Wilson recalled how “at the graduation ceremony in 2005, as he put my doctorate hood over my head, he said, ‘You are now one of us - congratulations!’ Hearing those words from him meant the world to me. I want to thank him publically today for being a mentor, an outstanding professor, collaborator, colleague and friend.”

Holton served CHSE as Interim Associate Dean for Distance Learning and Leadership. He has been extensively involved in SLHRD as both the Interim Director, Director, and the Jones S. Davis Distinguished Professor of Human Resource, Leadership, and Organization Development. He also served as Interim Director of the School of Library & Information Science. He has enriched many capacities at LSU while providing valuable leadership.

Holton has also demonstrated his commitment to helping students get published in major journals. Most recently Holton and co-authors Dr. Brett Richard, SLHRD graduate, and Vicky Katsioloudes, SLHRD doctoral student, had an article accepted in Leadership Quarterly, the premier journal for leadership research.

Holton brought more than 30 years of experience in human resource development and organizational development as a practitioner, professor, author, speaker, and consultant. He is the author of 17 books that have been translated into 12 different languages. He has received numerous top awards in the profession for his research and practice and is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

To Dr. Elwood “Ed” Holton, on behalf of all of LSU, we say “Thank you.”

The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in two areas of focus: Agricultural Education and Leadership and Human Resource Development.
Visit the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development at lsu.edu/shrewd

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.