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Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University since 2003, will step down as Clarkson’s 16th president at the end of the 2022 academic year.

A Clarkson faculty member since 1982, Collins has been an accelerator of economic development in the North Country and throughout New York State, and a national advocate for higher education.

Collins advanced the reputation of Clarkson University, a nationally ranked institution whose 44,000 living alumni are well represented in the ranks of corporate leaders in America, where one in five is CEO, President, Vice President, founder or owner of a business.

“It has been an honor for the trustees to lead Clarkson University as President, motivated by the commitment and dedication of our inspiring faculty, staff and students. Beyond the constituents of the campus, the communities surrounding our multiple campuses have joined us in working to propel Clarkson forward ”, Collins said.

Under Collins’ leadership, the Vision for an Education Clarkson and Clarkson @ 125 have guided strategic initiatives that have been substantially realized over nearly two decades. Clarkson’s Potsdam Hill campus has been expanded both physically and academically, while the downtown campus has been redeveloped to advance interdisciplinary entrepreneurship, the newly added Lewis School of Health Sciences, and economic revitalization of the village. from Potsdam.

Outside of Potsdam, Clarkson has expanded geographically in recent years, with new graduate and professional programs accessible at its Capital Region campus at Schenectady and at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries at Dennings Point.

“President Collins’ contributions to Clarkson University have been extraordinary and will prove to be lasting. He has gone beyond the broadest measure of success, leaving the institution in much better shape than when he accepted the role of president. In addition to advancing many parameters typically considered in assessing institutional success, Tony’s leadership throughout the challenges of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 has been exceptional.said Tom Kassouf ’74, Chairman of the Board. “We exceptionally appreciate his long service as President, as well as the supportive and endlessly engaging student environment nurtured by Tony and Karen Collins, amplifying what has always been one of Clarkson’s greatest strengths – a personal connection. direct between students, faculty and administration. “

Originally from Australia, Collins received an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Monash University. He then worked for Australian Consolidated Industries and the Utah Development Company before earning a Masters and PhD from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. After obtaining his doctorate. in 1982 he launched his career at Clarkson, moving from assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering to full professor, department chair, dean, vice-president for academic affairs and provost. During this period, he received awards for his outstanding teaching, research and advice, as well as for his lectures internationally and for authoring over 90 publications.

He is currently President of the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), is President Emeritus of the New York Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), sits on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of New York State, is chairman of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation, and was previously appointed to serve on the advisory board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and has served on a number of New York State advisory working groups and was co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

A search committee, which will be co-chaired by trustees Georgia Keresty ’83, secretary of the board, and Sanjeev Kulkarni ’84, chairman of the academic mission committee, will be formed to identify a successor to Collins. It will include directors, faculty, staff, students and alumni, representing key Clarkson interest groups. The Search Committee will provide details on the full composition of the committee and the process guiding the search for Clarkson’s 17th President when available.

As a private national university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation. With its main campus located in Potsdam, as well as graduate programs and additional research facilities in the Capital Region of New York, Beacon, NY and New York, Clarkson trains 4,800 students in 90 degree programs. rigorous in engineering, business, arts, education, science and health professions.

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