The Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) welcomes Cheryl Holland as its new associate director. Holland, who has 25 years of retailing experience, most recently served as senior vice president of merchandising for Ashford.com, an Internet retailer that sells luxury accessories, fine jewelry, watches, diamonds and decorative home furnishings.

According to Alison Pond, marketing and communications coordinator for CRS, Holland has a reputation as an exceptional leader and is respected for her high ethical standards.

Holland, who recently visited Mays as a guest lecturer, graduated with honors from Texas Women’s University and received the university’s Distinguished Alumna Award.