B.M.E. in Music Education, University of Florida
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, University of South Florida
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of South Florida
Dr. Craig S. Collins’ career in public education spans over 30 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Florida (B.M.E.), where he also earned a Performer’s Certificate in Saxophone, was a member of the prestigious Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity, and drum major of the famed Gator Marching Band. He obtained both his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
Prior to his appointment as dean of the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University, he served as a principal for 17 years, having both elementary and secondary experience in producing schools of excellence at Churchwell Elementary and Harrison School for the Arts in Polk County, Florida. During his twelve-year tenure at Harrison School for the Arts, he initiated a 21 million dollar building renovation and expansion comprised of state-of-the-art facilities. Most recently, he led the building expansion of 21,795 sq. feet of program space for music, communication, and visual arts at Southeastern University.
In 1987, he served as the junior high representative for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association (FBA). While serving as a junior high band and choral director, his groups earned straight superior ratings. Dr. Collins continues to adjudicate for district and state FBA Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessments and serves as a consultant for arts programing, facilities design, and leadership development. He also presents workshops related to the arts and literacy and teacher evaluation in the arts on a district, state, and national platform; and in 2013, he finished his term as President of the Arts Schools’ Network, an international consortium of schools dedicated to advancement of the arts. He serves on boards for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, People Like Us, and the Florida School Music Association, where he serves in the capacity of president. He is a member of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts and is the former chair of the Arts Achieve Model Schools’ awards recognition program through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Professional memberships include Leadership Lakeland Class 30, Polk Arts Alliance, Association for General and Liberal Studies, Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.
Dr. Collins’ research and passion for service are centered on the conceptual framework of social justice. He has presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, and in 2011, he received the Individual Research Award through the Arts Schools’ Network. In 2014, he was awarded the ACE of Hearts for leadership in the arts from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.