Ronnie HoldenDr. Ronnie E. Holden has announced he will run for the District 8 seat on the Accomack County School Board in November General Election.

Dr. Holden is an Eastern Shore native and product of Accomack County Public School System. In 1991, Ronnie was appointed as a member of the Accomack County School Board and has served as chair and vice-chair for several terms. While serving as a Board member, Dr. Holden was instrumental in the successful implementation of Phase I and Phase II of the School Division’s building plan. This consisted of the construction of four new elementary schools and two new middle schools while renovating the two elementary schools built in the early 60’s. Ronnie was also instrumental in recommending that ACPS organize and implement the first school division swim team. During his tenure on the Board, he assisted with the monitoring of State funds to ensure that the necessary upgrades to buildings such as installation of metal roofs on AES and CES was completed as well as other building projects to upgrade schools. During his tenure the academic and student service enhancements have been continually made to ensure the maximum support for all students and enabling the accreditation of all schools. He is presently the board’s vice-chair. Dr. Holden states it is an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Accomack County.

In December 2014, Ronnie retired serving the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for 37.5 years. His work started at University as an accountant in charge of the Office of Student Accounts. During his tenure he served as Budget Analyst, Acting Comptroller/Business Manager, Budget Director and Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs. In 1986, Ronnie was appointed Vice President for Administrative Affairs. In this position he was the chief financial officer, which managed a 140+ million dollar budget and provided oversight to 14 institutional departments. For over twelve years he traveled to Cameroon and South Africa to establish and maintain the financial and banking system; program management; and project evaluation designed for the college’s research grant program. In 2006, he traveled to Jamaica to explore the components for a newly established school program of a non-profit organization.

Holden graduated from the Eastern Shore Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1976. Following a cooperative education program and upon completing college at Virginia Tech, Ronnie worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. He obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Salisbury University in 1986. In 1994, he received a terminal degree with a Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland College Park.

He also served on the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation Board and has an endowment scholarship at the community college and also at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for local Eastern Shore of Virginia students. He served on the Board of Directors for the Village of Hope, a non-profit shelter for women and children; Executive Committee of the Business Council for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); Maryland State Chamber of Commerce; National Association of College and University Business Officers; National Association of College and University Auxiliary Services; College and University Personnel Officers. He was the Executive of the Boy Scouts Troop 305, Cub Scout Pack 305, and Ventures 305.

Presently he is the Sire Archon for Gamma Theta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the Virginia School Board Association, Minority Leadership Round-Table and Eastern Shore Men’s Outreach. He is a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Temperanceville, Virginia, where serves as a deacon and on several auxiliary services.