biosketch as of 1991
ZAN WESLEY HOLMES, JR. of Dallas was appointed to a six-year
term on the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System by
Governor Ann Richards in 1991. Rev. Holmes was the first African-American appointee to the Board of Regents.
last updated 2/13/91
Since 1978, Regent Holmes has been an Associate Professor of
Preaching at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist
University in Dallas. He has been the Senior Pastor at St. Luke
llCommunity I1 United Methodist Church since 1974.
Mr. Holmes was born on February 1, 1935, in San Angelo, Texas.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huston-Tillotson College
in 1956 and a Bachelor of Divinity from Southern Methodist
University in 1959. After receiving a Master of Sacred Theology
from Southern Methodist University in 1968, he accepted an honorary
Doctor of Divinity degree from Huston-Tillotson in 1970.
From 1958 to 1968, Regent Holmes was pastor of the Hamilton
Park United Methodist Church in Dallas and District Superintendent
of the North Texas Conference from 1968 to 1974. In addition to
his work as a pastor, Holmes was elected to the Texas State
Legislature and served from 1968 - 1972. He represented Dallas
County, Place 5.
Mr. Holmes is a member of many community organizations
including the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American
Academy of Homiletics and Black Methodists for Church Renewal. He
serves on the board of directors for the State Fair of Texas and
Northpark National Bank.
He is past president of The Greater Dallas Community of
Churches, Chairperson of the North Texas Conference Council on
Ministries and is a life member of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.). For several years,
Holmes has been a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional
Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He is Co-Chairperson
for World of Difference and is a member of the Task Force on
Educational Excellence for the Dallas Independent School District.
Regent Holmes is married to the former Dorothy Burse.