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Randy Collins - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Randy Collins

Dean | Western Carolina University


Randy Collins is a distinguished engineer who has long experience combining student work in the classroom and collaboration with industry.





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Randy Collins is a distinguished engineer who has long experience combining student work in the classroom and collaboration with industry. He is passionate about advancing student success, faculty scholarship and regional economic development.

Collins came to WCU from Clemson University where he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the academic/technical adviser for the school’s Dominion Energy Innovation Center. During his tenure at Clemson, Collins served as associate vice president and executive director at Clemson’s Restoration Institute campus in Charleston, South Carolina where he established a new academic leadership structure, opened the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, increased student recruitment, worked collaboratively with stakeholders to increase faculty/staff recruitment and expanded the campus research staff. He also previously served as associate dean in Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science.

Collins received his doctoral degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from NC State University. Collins also is a registered professional engineer and has various Federal Aviation Administration certificates and licenses to teach and fly airplanes.

Industry Expertise (2)


Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise (3)


Student Success

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education (2)

Georgia Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

NC State University: B.A., Electrical Engineering

Affiliations (1)

  • Federal Aviation Administration

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (2)

New chapter of engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi approved for installation at WCU

WCU Stories  online


“Tau Beta Pi is the preeminent engineering honor society and it is a tremendous honor for WCU to now have a chapter,” said Randy Collins, dean of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology. “This accomplishment speaks to the quality and high levels of achievement of our engineering programs, and our students. I’m so proud of the team and our college.”

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WCU names Randy Collins dean of College of Engineering and Technology

WCU Stories  online


The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed Edward R. (Randy) Collins Jr. as dean of the College of Engineering and Technology as part of its special-called meeting May 3. Collins will start in his new position effective Aug. 1.

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