DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras President Jim Collins (’84) has been appointed as a member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ (USCCB) Higher Education Working Group effective immediately. He will complete the term of University of Portland President Fr. Mark Poorman who will retire at the end of this academic year.
“It is a humbling honor to have been asked to serve on the USCCB Higher Education Working Group,” Collins said. “I look forward to working with fellow presidential colleagues and the Bishops to help further advance the important contributions of Catholic higher education in our country.”
Collins joins Georgetown University (DC) President Dr. Jack DeGioia, Alverno College (WI) President Sr. Andrea Lee, and Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA) President Dr. Ann McElaney- Johnson in the Working Group.
Collins was named the youngest Loras president at the age of 42 in the College’s history in the Spring of 2004. He is concluding his 17th year in the position and has now served as Loras’ longest standing president. Among many other numerous roles, Collins was a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU) Board of Directors for seven years to include two as its chair and five years as a member of its Executive Committee.
Bishop John Quinn of the Winona/Rochester, MN Diocese chairs the Working Group. The Working Group’s purpose is to advance further dialogue and collaboration among the nation’s Catholic Colleges and Bishops. Among the nation’s 195 dioceses, 100 have at least one Catholic College located within the diocese. In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, there are three Catholic colleges – Loras, Mt. Mercy, and Clarke.
Loras is the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and the sixth oldest in the country. It is one of ten diocesan colleges among the 200+ Catholic colleges in the United States.
The USCCB is an assembly of the hierarchy of bishops who jointly exercise pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing.