TROY, Ala.—Dr. Harold Collins, a longtime educator and former member of the Troy University Board of Trustees, will be honored with the University’s 12th annual Distinguished Leadership Award.
Dr. Collins, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (1947), will receive the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner on March 26 on the Troy Campus.
The Distinguished Leadership Award is given annually to alumni leaders who go the extra mile in their careers, public service or devotion to Troy University.
“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, 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. During an illustrious career in education, Dr. Collins chaired the State of Alabama committee that established special education classes in public schools, served on the State Department of Education’s Textbook Committee and served as superintendent for school systems in both Pike and Montgomery counties. He also previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Alabama and Spring Hill College, both located in Mobile, and as principal at Zion Chapel and Goshen high schools.
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. The award, named for the organization’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, annually recognizes one outstanding volunteer or member in each state who is making a powerful difference in his or her community in ways that support AARP’s vision and strategic mission.
Past winners of the TROY Distinguished Leadership Award include: Alabama Attorney General Troy King; former Congressman Earl Hutto; McDowell Lee, former secretary of the Alabama Senate; the late Earl Watson, TROY athletic director; Earl Johnson, Andalusia mayor and the driving force behind the Bibb Graves Quadrangle renovation project, and Dr. Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.