Dr. Holley received her M.A. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1944 and her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1969. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in higher education with a specialization in business education from the University of Mississippi, Dr. Holley was an associate professor of business administration at Mississippi. She also has been associate professor of office administration and associate professor and head of the Department of Secretarial Science at Georgia State Woman's College. She received many honors, among them the 1977 Business Teacher of the Year, an award presented by the Mississippi Business Association.