The University of Tulsa has renamed its business college as the Collins College of Business to honor the vision and leadership of Tulsabusinessman Fulton Collins, who has chaired the TU Board of Trustees since 1997.
TU President Steadman Upham made the surprise announcement during the University’s spring 2008 commencement ceremony held May 10 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Collins received an honorary Doctorate of Business during the event, where it was announced Collins was the first person to receive a diploma from the newly renamed business college.
During Collins’ term as chairman, TU has doubled its endowment, doubled the value of its land and buildings, doubled its externally sponsored research funding and more than doubled applications for undergraduate admission. In that time, TU has built 1.2 million square feet of facilities, has secured permanent endowment funding for 34 faculty positions, and has increased annual student scholarship support by more than $12 million.
Collins serves as chairman and CEO of Collins Investments, Inc. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Liberty Glass Co. from 1980 to 1994, and as group vice president of Syntex Corporation from 1971 to 1980. He earned a B.A. in Economics (1965); an M.B.A. (1967); and an M.S. in Operations Research (1968); all from Stanford University.
Collins’ history of service includes work with the Philbrook Museum of Art; World President’s Organization; Children’s Medical Center; Tulsa Chamber of Commerce; Tulsa Philharmonic; Tulsa YMCA and Westside YMCA; Tulsa Chapter-American Red Cross; Young Presidents’ Organization; Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce; and Hillcrest Healthcare.
Collins joined the TU Board of Trustees in 1993 and was named chairman in June 1997. He wife, Susie, also is a TU trustee.
Gale Sullenberger, dean of the Collins College of Business, said Collins has played a strategic role in many aspects of the college’s operations, including a planned enhancement of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The strengthened MBA program at TU features a curriculum that can be tailored to individual student interests and develops graduates who better meet the dynamic employment needs of Tulsa area businesses.
To enable the changes, Collins and Walt Helmerich, chairman of the board and director of Helmerich & Payne Inc., are contributing $15 million toward a $30 million campaign to fund additional faculty positions and student scholarships.
“Chairman Collins’ leadership has been transformational not only for the University as a whole, but for the College of Business in particular,” Sullenberger said. “Our students, faculty and staff have all benefited from his uncompromising attention to detail, keen business acumen and selfless service. As our students graduate to become future business leaders, they would do well to aspire to the legacy of our college’s namesake.”