LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College community is mourning the loss of David Collins, longtime assistant vice president of admission, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 16.
Mr. Collins’ career in higher education spanned four decades, culminating with a 14-year tenure as assistant vice president for admission at Saint Vincent College from 2001-15. He would return to Saint Vincent as a part-time admission counselor from Feb. 2016 to May 2019, which included a two-month stint as interim dean of admission in the summer of 2018.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Dave’s family and friends,” said Saint Vincent College president Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. “He was a true part of the fabric of Saint Vincent College in leading our admission efforts, but he will be remembered most for his kindness and positivity and I am grateful for his friendship. During this holy season, we ask that the entire Saint Vincent community keep Dave’s wife, Nancy, and son, Jeremy, in our prayers.”
During his time at SVC, Mr. Collins presided over admission efforts that led to the College’s unprecedented growth, as undergraduate enrollment increased by more than 40 percent while the number of applications received annually nearly tripled.
A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Collins graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration from William Paterson College in 1975, before earning a master of education degree in student personnel administration from Texas Christian University in 1977.
He began his career as the assistant director of admission at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1977-81, before moving to western Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University, where he worked for 13 years, first as associate director of admission and coordinator of transfer programs (1981-86) before being elevated to director of admission, a position he held from 1986-94.
After a two-year stint as owner/operator of a college counseling and financial aid consulting business, Mr. Collins spent two years as associate director of admission at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1996-98) before accepting the position of senior associate director of admission at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he would work from 1998 until his appointment at Saint Vincent.
Mr. Collins also had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserves, while he volunteered for Action for Animals and continued to offer a free financial aid counseling service. In his free time, he enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia, especially baseball cards, and vacationing in Maine. He was married to Nancy for 47 years.
The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, at Charter Oak Church, 449 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg, Pa., 15601. Visitation is 11-11:30 a.m., followed by the service.
Mr. Collins' obituary can be found at this link.