Connie Holt


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     Connie Holt became a member of the Rollins community in 1985 as both a student of the Hamilton Holt School and a staff member in the registrar’s office.  After several years she took a staff position with the Holt School. Over the course of twenty-five years, Holt dedicated her time and service towards the school and helped transform it to its present state.

     Born in Los Angeles, California, Holt studied music for three years as an undergraduate at California Western University.   In 1988, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Rollins College in anthropology-sociology and went on to earn a Master’s in Counseling.

     While studying at Rollins, Holt took advantage of the tuition remission program and worked in the registrar’s office.  She was later appointed as Program Advisor for students in Graduate Studies for the counseling program at the Hamilton Holt School.  A very active member in the community and campus, Holt dedicated the remainder of her time to the Black Student Union, Diversity Committee, Student Life Committee, Rollins’ Gospel Choir, and Kat Cadogan Home for Children.

     In July 2005, Holt was honored with the “Something to Crow About" monthly award in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement with the Hamilton Holt School.  In further acknowledgement for her twenty-five years of outstanding service and dedication to the College, Rollins awarded Holt with the 2010 “Helen A. Crossley Distinguished Service Award.” 


Holt Discusses What Brought her to Rollins College

  • "...I saw this ad for Rollins. I hadn’t really heard much about Rollins, but the thing that fascinated me was my husband had a PhD and I had three years of college that I had never completed and when I read the sentence in the ad about free tuition if you worked there..."


  • "...There was just this separation and when Dr. Duncan came to Rollins College it was like he came in and I guess what in my mind equated it to, when the Great Wall of China came down you could walk from this side of the fence to that side of the fence and everything was okay..."

  • "...And he would run through stuff you should know and everybody’s sitting there blurry-eyed and he’s saying, “piece a cake, piece a cake.” That was his favorite thing, piece of cake. And you would get there to take the test, and oh god, it was anything but a piece of cake (laughs). You’re sitting there just writing away, thinking liar, liar! (laughs)"






  • "...But when we were in California, my husband has always loved delinquents. He was working for a boy’s home in California that went out business, and he had these six absolute hardcore delinquents who had no place to go and one night he came home and brought them with him (laughs)..."









  • "...I had a young lady – and I brought the little article, who was in a children’s home, and it’s well known now, and she came in to the Holt school office one day and I thought she just had the most tenacity and it was almost outrageous. I was like wow, she’s really brazen, she is a bold young lady. She was about eighteen years old, she walked in and she said I want to go to Rollins and I want to work here...."

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Holt Discusses Some of the Changes that she’s Seen on Campus

Tell us about your academic work here, which professors you took courses from, which classes you liked better.

Holt Discusses her Work in the Community

So after your twenty-five years at Rollins, what are some of your most significant events or memories that you will always have and cherish?