Posted: Thursday Oct 10, 2013
Oct. 10, 2013
Mary Collins, vice president for student affairs at Saint Vincent College, was named recipient of the 2013 Student Affairs Hall of Fame Award by her alma mater, West Virginia University, at an induction ceremony in Morgantown, W.Va., on Oct. 9.
Collins has 17 years of experience in the field of student affairs. She is currently serving as vice president for student affairs at Saint Vincent College. Previously, she was employed at West Virginia University in the student affairs department, most recently as assistant vice president, in which capacity she oversaw student support services, student organization services, Upward Bound, child development and family support services, Experience WVU, the student newspaper, assessment and substance abuse prevention efforts.
While at WVU, she chaired committees that created and established award-winning programs, such as WVUp All Night and the Senior Year Experience.
Collins was also involved in the establishment and growth of the Mountaineer Maniacs, now the largest student organization on WVU’s campus with more than 5,500 members. Collins was a founding member of the West Virginia Statewide Alcohol Coalition and she chaired the task forces that enhanced the student tailgating lot and restructured the ticketing process at football games.
Collins has been honored for her work by national and state student affairs organizations, and she received the WVU Richard T. Feller Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Students.
At Saint Vincent College, Collins has overseen the establishment of the Bearcat Connection parent program and the Bearcat Nation student athletic booster group. She has worked with partners campus-wide to establish a Healthy Relationships initiative, to revise the student handbook and campus policies and to create a housing guide for off-campus students. She began and chairs a Campus Community Coalition, and through grants from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, was able to incorporate the prevention course AlcoholEDU into the first-year experience.
She has published several articles and co-authored a book chapter about student life. She is a member of several professional higher education organizations.
Collins earned both a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a master of arts degree in educational leadership from WVU. She and her husband Craig live in Unity Township. They are parents to Angela and her husband, Luke, as well as Matthew and his wife, Brittany.
Photo: Mary Collins
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