Albany Chamber chief named as Regent

Albany Chamber chief named as Regent
Barbara Rivera Holmes will join the Board of Regents (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The President and CEO of Albany's Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Rivera Holmes, was named to the Georgia Board of Regents Wednesday, by Governor Nathan Deal.

She will represent the Second Congressional District on the Board.

Holmes said she has always made it a priority to help educational institutions align with the needs of employers and wants to do more of the same with the Board of Regents.

"It's an interesting time, absolutely, in higher education. What we know is that higher education and workforce training is absolutely critical to our economic success. We need a skilled workforce and we need an educated workforce," said Holmes.

Holmes sits on the boards of directors for Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy in Albany and Leadership Georgia.

She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Albany and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

Holmes earned bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from Florida Southern College and continued her studies at Estudio Sampere Internacional in Madrid and Alicante, Spain.

She is an experienced journalist and holds awards for excellence in journalism from the Georgia Associated Press.

It's a seven-year appointment.

Holmes will represent the Second Congressional District starting January 1.

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