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09-26-2003

Anthony G. Collins To Be Inaugurated As Clarkson's 16th President October 11

[A photo of Anthony Collins for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/tonycollins.jpg.]

Anthony G. Collins will be inaugurated president of Clarkson University on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gym.

Collins was appointed Clarkson’s 16th president by the University’s board of trustees on February 8 and took office on July 1, upon the retirement of Denny Brown.tonycollins

The inauguration ceremony will include remarks by representatives from the local and North Country community, alumni, students, faculty and government.

Anthony Collins began serving as Clarkson University’s 16th president on July 1, 2003. A driving force behind much of the institution’s positive growth over the past two decades, Collins moved into the presidency with tremendous support from faculty, staff, alumni and trustees.

Growing up outside Melbourne, Australia, Collins earned an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Monash University, then a master’s degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Returning to Australia, he developed a small environmental engineering consulting firm and then worked for Utah Development Company, a coal and iron mining company. His involvement with ground and surface water issues generated by huge open-pit mines inspired him to return to Lehigh four years later to begin Ph.D. studies as the foundation for a university research and teaching career.

After earning his Ph.D. in 1982, Collins launched his career at Clarkson as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Subsequently rising to the rank of professor, he also assumed increasing levels of administrative responsibility, including department chair, dean, vice president for Academic Affairs, and provost. He has received the John W. Graham Faculty Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and two Outstanding Advising Awards.

A leader in shaping the academic component of the University’s strategic plan, Collins was also primary architect of the Vision of a Clarkson Education that has guided evolution of the curriculum since 1995. His encouragement of an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and coursework helped lead to development of project-based team learning that has earned national recognition. Collins has established productive liaisons with government representatives at all levels that have assisted in spurring a dramatic increase in sponsored research support. As well, he played an important role in the fund-raising success of The Campaign for Clarkson, concluded in June 2003.

Collins, his wife, Karen, and their four children are active in the community life of Potsdam, where he has enjoyed coaching youth sports and volunteered his service in numerous community groups.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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