James Collins 



James (Jim) Collins (’84) obtained a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Loras College in 1984 and a master of arts degree in higher education from the University of Iowa in 2004. After graduating from Loras, Jim returned to campus as an admissions representative and has continued to serve in a variety of positions at Loras College. In 1999, he was appointed the College’s senior vice president. He was then elected as the twenty-sixth president of Loras College in 2004.

During his presidential tenure, Jim has served as a leader on the national, state and local fronts to include: chair, treasurer, and board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; board of regents and board of trustees, Seton Hall University; chair, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; executive committee, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Chair, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and Archdiocese of Dubuque Board of Education.

A Crystal Lake, IL, native and the oldest of six children, Collins has been twice recognized as one America’s Top 100 Irish Educators. In 2007, he was also recognized by his high school, Marian Central Catholic High School, with the Alumni Excellence Award. President Collins and his wife, Lisa, reside in Dubuque, Iowa.