Randall Collins is the former Superintendent of Schools in Waterford, CT, Easthampton, MA and Wiscasset, ME and Past-President of the American Association of School Administrators.
He received his BA degree in History/Government from Gordon College. After completing his military duty, he pursued a career in education receiving a Masters and Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Maine and a doctorate in 1987 from Boston University. Over the last 29 years he has served as Superintendent of Schools in three different communities, the last 19 years in Waterford, Connecticut. He pioneered the development of the “Learning through Service Program”, which made Waterford one of the first public schools in America to require a designated number of community service hours as a requirement for graduation, prompting good citizenship through community service.
He is founding member of the National Center for Learning and Citizenship, one of seven centers sponsored by the Education Commission of the States in Denver, serving as Chair for 2002-2004. Dr. Collins has served on numerous boards and commissions.
Dr. Collins proudly served in the United States Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam, receiving several medals and commendations for his service. He was one of the first ten inaugural members of the Connecticut Veteran’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Dr. Collins has received numerous awards and honors during his career. He was selected by the New England Association of School Superintendents to receive the prestigious Alice Duckworth Leadership Recognition Award in 2011. In 2009 he was awarded the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award by Boston University and The Distinguished Service Award by AASA. In 2008 he was chosen to receive the Effie Jones Humanitarian Award by the AASA for his advocacy of women and minorities in school administration. He received the International Public Management Association for Human Resources Award for Supervisor Program Manager in 2005. He was chosen to receive the Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in 2004 and presented with the Community Service Award from Waterford Country School in 2003. He is a past president of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (2001-2002) and was chosen Connecticut’s Superintendent of the Year in 2002. He was Gordon College’s Alumnus of the Year in 2001. He was the first superintendent given the Connecticut Music Educators Award for the Music Advocate of the Year in 2000.
Having begun his career as a Head Start Teacher, Randy has remained a vocal advocate for pre-school education, for the right and necessity for all children to learn and for adequate and equitable funding for public schools.