BANGOR, Maine – Husson University announced Wednesday that Charles P. Collins, Ed.D., has been named executive director of the educational institution’s Southern Maine campus. Collins brings more than 20 years of leadership experience working with Maine community colleges to the position.
In his new role, Collins will be the primary administrator for all academic programs and operations at Husson University’s Southern Maine campus. This includes marketing, student enrollment, retention, and ensuring that all educational offerings maintain the high academic standards students and the business community have come to expect from Husson.
Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan said in a prepared statement, “Charlie is a great addition to our team. I was impressed by his commitment to working together with area business leaders and faculty members to make sure Husson’s educational offerings remain relevant in today’s competitive global economy. Our academic programs have been designed so that students are workforce ready upon graduation. Charlie’s vision and experience will help ensure that our graduates not only succeed, but become leaders in their chosen careers.”
Academic programs offered at Husson University’s Southern Maine campus include accounting, business administration, computer information systems, hospitality management, criminal justice, elementary education, and paralegal studies. Master’s degree programs include business administration, criminal justice administration, nursing, and counseling.
Prior to joining Husson University, Collins was the state director for the Maine Community College System’s Early College for ME program, where he provided leadership; strategic and budget planning; and continual research on best practices for a statewide high-school-to-college transition program.
While he was in this role, he also served as the interim president of Washington County Community College in Calais, Maine. As interim president, Collins initiated and completed facility improvements to campus housing and campus security; engaged in fundraising efforts; and represented the board of trustees and the MCCS System Office on personnel and contract issues.
From 1997 to 2006, Collins was the chief student services and enrollment officer at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. In this position, he managed a staff of 16 professionals including department heads from admissions, financial aid, housing and athletics. He was a key member of the institution’s executive team and helped initiate and execute strategic plans, new construction projects and annual budgets.
Prior to 1997, Collins held a variety of positions at Central Maine Technical College, Southern Maine Technical College and Kaplan University. His entire career has been devoted to helping higher education organizations thrive and grow.
Collins earned his doctor of education degree in 2012. He also has a master of business administration from Thomas College (1993) and a bachelor of arts in communication/political science from the University of New Hampshire (1987).
“Independent universities and colleges serve students who require accessible, flexible and relevant education. They are an integral part of the American higher education system. I look forward to working at Husson University and increasing the level of innovation and collaboration between our institution and the local southern Maine business community,” said Collins.
He continued: “As one of southern Maine’s most affordable educational alternatives, we are uniquely qualified to create programs that benefit both students and employers. Having a highly skilled workforce is critical to the economic growth and security of both our state and the entire New England region.”
For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in South Portland, Wells and Presque Isle provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu