Earlene L. Holland


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
School of Education
Sp.Ed 1980


Earlene L. Holland, Specialist in Education 1980, who has enjoyed a long and varied education career ranging from music teacher to university provost. She began a five-decade career as a teacher in the Greater Jasper (Ind.) Consolidated Schools, later became a principal in Bloomfield, Ind., and then superintendent in Linton and Bunker Hill, Ind. Following that experience, she became the associate director of program development for the Indiana Department of Education. She left state government to become a professor, the director of educational graduate programs and the master's of education program, and finally provost at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Ind. Because of her expertise, Holland has assisted colleges and universities nationwide to develop masters and doctorate programs in educational leadership. She is a licensed reading specialist, and her specialist degree from the School of Education was in both school administration and reading. Holland is now a part-time reading consultant for the Middle Grades Reading Network at the University of Evansville, a project designed to promote reading among middle school students.