From first director Charles W. Eaton to current President Marc P. Christensen, Clarkson has been helmed by a long line of proud Golden Knights. Take a look at our past presidents' history and their contributions to our University since its founding in 1896. (By the way, the first four "presidents'" of Clarkson had the title "director.")
Anthony G. Collins, 16th President (2003-2022)
Tony Collins is the longest-serving president in Clarkson's history to date. He was a regional and national advocate for partnerships between higher education and industry, with a focus on advancing sustainable energy solutions and environmental technology innovation. He has served on various national and New York State key boards and councils, including the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and the “Reimagine” Task Force dedicated to reopening education in New York after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Growing up outside Melbourne, Australia, Collins earned his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Monash University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for both Australian Consolidated Industries and Utah Development Company. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, Collins launched his career at Clarkson as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Subsequently rising to the rank of professor, he also assumed increasing levels of administrative responsibility, including department chair, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and provost prior to being appointed president in 2003.
In service to the higher education sector, Collins was the 2020-2021 chair of the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) and a chair emeritus and trustee of New York’s Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has received awards for outstanding teaching, research and advising. He has lectured globally and is the author of more than 90 professional publications.
In addition to connecting with Clarkson alumni across the globe, Collins and his wife Karen were active in the Potsdam community and provided volunteer service to numerous organizations and youth programs.