Elaine Collins

Elaine Collins
Elaine Collins
802.635.1240 (J), 802.626.6404 (L)
Both Campuses
Academic History: 
Ph.D., Education Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of California, Davis
B.A., Music, The University of California, Los Angeles

About Dr. Elaine C. Collins

Dr. Elaine C. Collins officially became the first president of Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education that resulted from the unification of Johnson State and Lyndon State colleges. President Collins assumed this role after first coming to the Vermont State Colleges System in 2015 as the president of Johnson State College. Before arriving at JSC, she served as dean and chief operating officer of the College of Education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

During her professional career, she has served as president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and as a member of various boards including the Literacy Center of West Michigan, Women's Center, and West Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. She currently serves as a vice president of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.

A first-generation college student, President Collins holds a Ph.D. in education policy and leadership. During her time at Grand Valley State University, she strengthened academic programs, galvanized faculty, increased financial support, improved the physical plant, embraced an inclusive vision of shared governance, and expanded external programs. Her research interests focus on arts and education.

In her first two years at Johnson, Elaine secured national recognition for Johnson State's liberal arts programs from the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, resulting in the college being designated Vermont's Premier Public Liberal Arts campus. Additionally, she oversaw Johnson's successful reaccreditation process, helped secure a major grant from the Davis Educational Fund to support general education curriculum development for Northern Vermont University, successfully advocated for increased funding from the state legislature to support the colleges' transition to Northern Vermont University, and has led the ongoing effort to unify the administrations, policies, and processes of Johnson and Lyndon.