Dean, College of Communications, Languages & the Arts
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MEd in educational leadership, University of South Florida
EdD in educational leadership, University of South Florida
Dr. Craig Collins’ career in public education spans over 30 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida (B.M.E.), where he also earned the Performer’s Certificate in Saxophone, and was a member of the prestigious Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity. He obtained both his master’s and his doctoral degrees in educational leadership from the University of South Florida. Prior to his recent appointment as Dean of Communications, Languages, and the Arts at Southeastern University, he served as a principal for 17 years, having both elementary and secondary experience in producing schools of excellence. During his 12-year tenure at Harrison School for the Arts, he initiated a $21 million building renovation and expansion comprised of state-of-the-art facilities. In 1987, he served as the junior high representative for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association (FBA). While serving as a junior high band and choral director, his groups earned straight superior ratings. Dr. Collins continues to adjudicate for district and state FBA Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessments. He also presents workshops related to the arts and literacy and teacher evaluation in the arts on a district, state, and national platform, and he currently serves as president of the Arts Schools’ Network, an international consortium of schools dedicated to advancement of the arts. In addition, he serves on boards for the Florida School Music Association, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and Polk Hunger Council, and is the former chairman of the Arts Achieve Model Schools’ recognition through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Professional memberships include Leadership Lakeland Class 30, Polk Arts Alliance, Association for General and Liberal Studies, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. Dr. Collins’ research and passion for service are centered on the conceptual framework of social justice. He has presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, and in 2011, he received the Individual Research Award through the Arts Schools’ Network.