Glenn S. Collins, III is an eminently successful entrepreneur. He spent his early years in the Agricultural Economics Department as a graduate student, culminating with his earning the Ph.D. degree in 1980. During that time he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He accepted a faculty position at Texas A&M immediately upon the receipt of his degree.
Dr. Collins was a faculty member in the department for only three years, but his academic achievements were many. His national econometric model was recognized for its predictive ability, and he consulted with various federal agencies. Dr. Collins was contributing author to two books, and one of his journal articles received the “Article of the Decade Award for Enduring Quality” from the Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics.
In 1983, Dr. Collins left the faculty of Texas A&M to help establish the CIC Corporation, an asset management company headquartered in College Station. In 1997, he sold his interest in CIC Corporation and developed another company, Neodyme Technologies Corporation, which provided a professional asset management service to the benefit of the health care industry. The company experienced outstanding growth and once had thirty offices nationwide in its development of an innovative and efficient out-sourcing program for numerous facilities thereby reducing costs.
Dr. Collins has been proactively involved in promoting education, supporting youth programs, and integrating computer technology into the society. He donated computer equipment to many school systems and to youth programs. He organized and helped fund the American Stars Soccer Club in College Station, including the construction of lighted playing fields for their use. This club offered youth the opportunity to play soccer across the U.S. and abroad. His other local community service activities included serving on the school district improvement plan committee and the Brazos County Juvenile Advisory Council.
In addition to his many other professional and personal contributions, Dr. Collins has continued to play a proactive role in support of the Department’s professional growth. He has served as guest lecturer in the department, and along with his wife Kathleen, led in the promotion and funding of several scholarship opportunities.
Dr. Collins and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children: Shannon, Sean, Melanie, and Stephanie ‘07.