The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) honored Paul J. Holloway with the prestigious Walter R. Peterson Award for Education and Public Service.
Holloway served as chair of the Community College System board of trustees since 2005, after joining the board in 2003. He remains on the board providing stewardship, oversight and advocacy for the seven-college system.
Holloway began his career in the auto industry as a district manager of Buick Motor Division. In 1967, he invested everything in a Buick-Pontiac dealership in Exeter, which then became one of the largest dealerships in the state as Dreher-Holloway. According to a press release from the Community College System, Holloway's advocacy and influence benefitted many charitable endeavors over several decades, creating opportunities for students to succeed, entrepreneurs to thrive and building stronger communities across the state.
Former NH Governor Craig Benson said he encouraged Holloway to join the CCSNH board years ago after Holloway pointed out the need for more industry-aligned educational programming in the state.
New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association President Pete McNamara credited Holloway for getting business and industry leaders involved in automotive training programs in the state, with 20 high school programs that are nationally certified, and five programs at community colleges.
The Water R. Peterson Award recognizes those who reflect the late Governor’s values, his legacy of public service and commitment to higher education. Peterson served as governor from 1969 to 1973 and remained a strong supporter of higher education throughout his life, including serving as a trustee of CCSNH.
Past recipients include former Governor John Lynch, former Governor and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Barbara Couch of Hypertherm, and Alex Ray of The Common Man Family of Restaurants.