SUNY Board of Trustees Announces Presidential Appointments for Genesee Community College and SUNY Niagara

June 4, 2024

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Bronx, NY – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Craig Lamb as president of Genesee Community College and Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes as president of SUNY Niagara. Dr. Lamb’s appointment is effective August 1, 2024. The appointment of Dr. Holmes is effective July 1, 2024.

The SUNY Board of Trustees said, “After extensive and thorough searches for presidents of both Genesee Community College and SUNY Niagara, we would like to congratulate Dr. Lloyd Holmes and Dr. Craig Lamb. They are no strangers to SUNY, with Dr. Holmes having been Vice President of Student Services at Monroe Community College for six years, and Dr. Lamb serving at GCC since 2013. Their incredible careers championing higher education will serve them well as they lead these institutions into bright futures.”

“Community colleges offer so much for the areas they serve, from workforce development and microcredentials for individuals seeking to upskill, to providing students with springboards from associate degrees to our bachelor’s degree programs,” said SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. “Having presidents who understand each campus and know what the communities need is crucial in fostering student success and upward mobility. I congratulate Dr. Lamb and Dr. Holmes on their appointments and look forward to collaborating with them for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff.”

About Dr. Craig Lamb

Dr. Craig Lamb joined Genesee Community College in 2013 and currently serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Having held various leadership and administrative roles, Dr. Lamb is a believer in the transformative power of a high-quality, affordable, and accessible college education, especially for individuals who have been historically underrepresented and underserved. Dr. Lamb’s efforts are driven by his commitment to inclusivity, intellectual and social growth, shared governance, fiscal responsibility, and the development of life-long learners.

Dr. Lamb’s career has been dedicated to the public postsecondary educational sector, including previous positions at SUNY Empire State University, the University of Connecticut, and SUNY Plattsburgh. He has completed several professional development programs specifically focused on executive leadership within an ever-changing educational environment. Along with his professional and administrative roles, Dr. Lamb has taught a variety of college courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities for more than two decades.

Dr. Lamb earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany, and his Master of Science in College and Agency Counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Chair of the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees Jacalyn Whiting said, “The Genesee Community College trustees are pleased to welcome Dr. Craig Lamb as our next president. Dr. Lamb brings extensive experience and leadership to this role, and we look forward to working closely with him in continuing our commitment to student success above all else.

Dr. Lamb said, “It is a profound privilege to be selected as the next President of Genesee Community College. I am deeply thankful to those who have entrusted me with this role. For the past ten years, I have been honored to be part of the GCC community, and I am excited to lead our campus in our steadfast commitment to student success.”

About Dr. Lloyd Holmes

Dr. Lloyd Holmes has a proven track record of removing barriers to student success and an unwavering commitment to prioritizing academic excellence. He was most recently the fourth president of De Anza College, where he served for four years.

Before joining De Anza, Dr. Holmes was vice president of student services at Monroe Community College where he served for six years. During his time at Monroe, he established, cultivated, lead, and sustained a vision for Student Services which had student learning and success at the center of all activities. In addition to serving in the vice president role, Dr. Holmes also served as chief diversity officer for two years, helped provide statewide leadership in the SUNY system by mentoring other colleges on the Guided Pathways student success initiative, and served on the statewide task force on student hunger.

Dr. Holmes earned an associate degree at Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi—both in accounting. He continued his studies at the University of Mississippi by earning a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel services, followed by a doctorate in educational leadership. Dr. Holmes is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an alumni member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and an honorary member of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society.

SUNY Niagara Chairperson Kevin Clark said, “Our board of trustees is excited for Dr. Holmes to join SUNY Niagara and build upon the institution’s successes in preparing students for fulfilling careers and further studies. We are pleased to welcome an innovative expert in student engagement as the next leader of our institution. His focus and experience are tremendous assets that will guide the college to further growth.”

Dr. Holmes said, “I am honored to have been selected as the next president of SUNY Niagara. I look forward to partnering with the SUNY Niagara faculty, staff, and students as well as the community to build on the successes this great institution has experienced over the years. Our future continues to be bright, and the best of our story is yet to be told.”

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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