Distinguished Leadership: University honors Dr. Harold Collins during Alumni Reunion Banquet
Spring Alumni Reunion Gallery
Troy University has honored Dr. Harold Collins, longtime educator and former superintendent of the Mobile County Schools with the University’s 12th Distinguished Leadership Award.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., presented Dr. Collins, a member of the class of 1947, with the award Saturday night at the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner, which is part of the annual spring reunion. The award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater.
“As an educator, Dr. Collins has exhibited tremendous devotion to providing quality educational programs for all public school students in the state of Alabama,” Dr. Hawkins said. “His love of Troy University is demonstrated through the two terms he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and by his continued service to the University’s Planned Giving Council. Dr. Collins truly exemplifies the qualities celebrated by this award through his commitment to serving others, both throughout his career and in his retirement years.”
Dr. Collins thanked Chancellor Hawkins and the University for the award, saying “I am where I am today because of this University.”
Dr. Collins, who received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama, served two terms on the Troy University Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1991. He is a founding member of the TROY Shield Society and a current member of the University’s Planned Giving Council.
Dr. Collins retired in 1976 as superintendent of the Mobile City and County Schools. An elementary school in Mobile is named in his honor. He served as superintendent in Pike County from 1968-1970.
Dr. Collins has remained an active part of the community during his retirement years, including more than 20 years of service to AARP. He served five years as the organization’s Alabama president and almost 10 years as coordinator of AARP’s Mobile Information Center.
In 2004, Dr. Collins was honored with the Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award.