Academic administrator Alexandria Holloway was born on April 15, 1947 in Jackson, Mississippi to Alfanette Holloway and Clifford Holloway. After she graduated from high school, Holloway attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi and earned her B.A. degree in music education in 1968. Holloway earned her M.A. degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970 and her Ph.D. degree in music education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1984.
Holloway began her career at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, Illinois. In 1973, she began teaching music education and piano classes at Jackson State University. The following year, Holloway began teaching middle school classes at Franklin Junior High School in Champaign. She then moved to Miami, Florida in 1976 to teach at Miami Dade College. During the same year, Holloway was appointed as chairman of the music department. In 1986, Holloway was appointed as the associate dean of arts and letters at the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College. After remaining in that position for ten years, Holloway was appointed as the academic dean at the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade. In 2001, she helped found the Honors College at Miami Dade. Holloway was active in the Honors College until her retirement in 2011. After leaving Miami Dade College, Holloway served as the president and chief executive officer of AH Academic Consulting Group.
In addition to her career at Miami Dade College, Holloway served as a board member of various organizations including the New World School of the Arts, the YMCA South Dade Family Center, the Concert Association of Florida, and the Jubilate Chorale. Holloway also served as president of the National Black Music Caucus and as the chapter president of the Links, Inc. in 1996.
Holloway was recognized for her nearly forty years of service to Miami Dade College at her retirement in 2011, when the Honors College was named in her honor. She was also named on Success Magazine’s list of “25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women” in 2009.
Alexandria Holloway was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2017.