Sinclair Community College has selected its interim provost, David Collins, to officially fill the post.
Collins, a 1977 graduate of Sinclair and a nearly 20-year employee, has been serving as interim provost this academic year. Collins said he wants to do his part to “ensure current and future students have that same great experience” he had earning his respiratory science associate degree at Sinclair.
“I believe strongly that the work we do in this college every day makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and in our entire community,” said Collins, 55.
Sinclair President Steve Johnson said Collins has displayed “outstanding personal and professional qualities” and was shown to be “extraordinarily highly regarded” in reviews by faculty and staff.
Collins said as provost, he will focus on: reviewing policies and practices that impact student success to ensure unnecessary barriers are removed; developing and maintaining strong relationships with university partners that allow Sinclair graduates to transfer seamlessly to these institutions; maintaining strong relationships with the region’s employers to ensure certificates and degrees are aligned with their needs; and working closely with chairs and deans on succession planning to ensure Sinclair’s reputation of excellence continues as senior faculty and staff retire.
Collins also has worked in the medical field as a respiration therapist. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration and Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.