NORTH CANTON — Timothy J. Collins has been selected as Walsh University's new president.

Collins, who will become Walsh’s seventh president on Aug. 5, currently is chief government relations officer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the nation’s largest university affiliate research center based in Laurel, Md. The former U.S. Air Force senior officer has held a range of executive leadership positions at the laboratory since 2005.

As a national guest lecturer and scholar on Catholic higher education, Collins has been involved in Catholic education for nearly three decades and earned his doctorate in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University.

He succeeds Richard Jusseaume, who retired from the position he held since 2001. Collins will be formally inaugurated as president during a ceremony later this year.

“It is an honor and privilege to be afforded the opportunity to join the community on this mission to build servant leaders," Collins said in a news release from Walsh. "I pray for the continued intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Patroness of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, as we provide a values-based education in the Judeo-Christian tradition. My commitment is to further advance the 200-year old charism of the Brothers and ‘take our place’ as a distinctive Catholic university of national prominence.”

Jeff Rossi, Chair, Walsh University Board of Directors, said Collins’ extensive experience in many facets that are important to Walsh made him the choice for president.

 

Collins’ background

 

Before joining Johns Hopkins in 2005, Collins served as a senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he commanded operational combat forces at the flight, squadron, group and wing levels during his 23 years of service.

Collins is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the National War College, as well as an associate degree from Georgia Military College.

He began teaching in higher education since 1996, primarily in the areas of aviation safety, accident investigation and aeronautical sciences. He currently serves as the board secretary for the laboratory and chair of two degree programs in the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. He continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member and as an FAA-certified flight instructor.