Board of Trustees

The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes

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Why I am a trustee:
To contribute to the process of providing high-quality education to high-quality students and to participate in a vibrant liberal arts community.

Graduated from:
Harvard University, B.A. (1973)
University of Virginia Law School, J.D. (1980)
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Taxation) (1987)


When I was in college I studied:
Social Studies (combined economics, government and history)

Today I wish I had studied:

Favorite book:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Favorite film:
The Godfather

Favorite cuisine:

Role model:
Nelson Mandela

Education/Career Advice for Students:
Pursue those things that inspire in you both abiding curiosity and enthusiasm.


Holmes is the vice chairman for KPMG LLP where he directs the office of general counsel, government affairs, security, communications, and the firm’s ethics and compliance programs. Judge Holmes was appointed by President William J. Clinton as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, where he served from 1995-2005, and as Chief Judge from 2003-2005. Judge Holmes was a member of the budget committee for the federal judiciary from 2001-2005, serving as vice chair 2004-2005, and taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law from 1999-2005. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in transactions, business litigation and investigations. Judge Holmes was staff director and general counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987-1989. From 1989-1993, he was vice president of the Baltimore Orioles and served on the Maryland Economic Development Council. He served as administrative assistant to Governor David L. Boren of Oklahoma from 1975-1977. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1973, J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 and LL.M (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Thomas R. Brett from 1980-1981.