About Dr. Robert A. Holmes


The Dr. Robert A. Holmes
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Dr. Robert (Bob) A. Holmes has been a business, community, education and political leader in Atlanta for more than 40 years. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University at age 25.

Dr. Holmes was a co-founder of North Georgia Bank, Capitol City Bank, Policy Design Corporation, DATAWARE, and Real Estate Broker for Unique Realty and Property Management. He was chosen one of the Five Outstanding Young Men of the Year by the Atlanta Jaycees.

He has served on the boards of 23 Atlanta organizations and Chair/President of 9, such as
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Citywide League of Neighborhoods, Grady Hospital Authority, John Harland Boys Club, Jomandi Theater Company, Metropolitan Atlanata YMCA, Research Atlanta, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and the South Fulton Running Partners.

Dr. Holmes was a faculty member at three universities and Coordinator of the Harvard-Yale-
Columbia Intensive Summer Studies Program before coming to Atlanta to help establish the
Doctoral Program at Atlanta University. He published more than 60 journal articles and book
chapters and authored or edited 25 books and and was Distinguished Professor of Political
Science. He was elected the youngest President of the National Conference of Black Political
Scientists(at age 30) and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists(at age 33).

Committed to community empowerment, Dr. Holmes served 34 years in the Georgia General Assembly and was sponsor or co-sponsor of more than 200 bills that became law. He was chair of the Education and Governmental Affairs Committees, the Atlanta-Fulton Delegation, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and became the first Atlantan and African American to serve on the House Budget Subcommittee, A.K.A the Green Door Committee(1989-2005) which drafted the House version of the Georgia state budget.

Dr. Holmes was the fourth living Georgian and first African American to have part of an interstate highway(I-285 from I-20 to I-85) named in his honor. In addition, he is the recipient of more than 100 awards for his work in academia, community service and politics. They include: Amoco Foundation Teaching in Excellence, Historic Black Colleges of Georgia Distinguished Service, Sickle Cell Foundation Torchbearer, Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice, and Legislator of the Year(American Association of Adult Educators, Georgia Environmental Council and National Black Caucus of State Legislators).

A native of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Dr. Holmes is the son of Ms. Priscilla Holmes. He is married to Gloria C. Holmes and the father of Darlene, Donna and Robert, Jr. Dr. Holmes is the proud grandfather of eight and great grandfather of two.