Anthony G. Collins
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Early life, education, and career
Collins was born in 1949 and grew up outside Melbourne, Australia. He earned an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Monash University, and his master's and doctoral (Ph. D.) degrees from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for Australian Consolidated Industries and Utah Development Company.
Career at Clarkson
After receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, Collins began his academic career as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson. He eventually rose to the rank of professor, and served many administrative roles, including department chair, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and provost. At Clarkson, He received the John W. Graham Faculty Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and two Outstanding Advising awards. In February 2007, Collins was recognized by Lehigh University for his accomplishments in advancing engineering education and as a leader in higher education, when he received the Lynn S. Beedle Award.
Collins is a regional and national advocate for higher education - industrial partnerships that couple research discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise for commercialization and economic development with a focus on advancing sustainable energy solutions and environmental technology innovation. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Collins in July 2011 to serve as co-chair for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
He is chair emeritus of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), an executive board member of the Central New York Metropolitan Development Authority (MDA), president of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation (SPEC), vice president of the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley, and a board member of CITEC Manufacturing & Technology Solutions and the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center (NYIEQ).
In fall of 2006, Collins and his family moved into a new president's house on campus. In 2003 the University Board of Trustees had chosen to sell the previous president's house (known as Hepburn House) due to its deteriorating condition and distance from the campus. Collins and his family lived in their own home in the Village of Potsdam until the move. Funding for the new home came completely as donations from the trustees and not from the university's general fund or other gifts. The trustees said that they believed it was important for the president's house to be on campus. In addition to serving as living space for the president and his family, the new home is designed for hosting students, prospective students, faculty, alumni and university benefactors.
- Anthony G. Collins is known simply as "Tony" to many of the students and staff.
- President Collins is so popular among the student body an annual "Tony Tuesday" was established in Fall 2012. On Tony Tuesday, all students are encouraged to wear a suit- like Tony. Clubs and organizations participate in professional interview questions at the event and are awarded up to $1000 in prizes for their organization.
- "Biography: Anthony G. Collins, President, Clarkson University". Clarkson.edu. 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- "Lehigh University:: Engineering & Applied Science: News Story: 2027". Lehigh.edu. 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
- "Clarkson University: Clarkson University To Sell President's House". clarkson.edu. 2003. Retrieved February 22, 2013.