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Duhawks React to Collins Contract Extension

Posted 08/09/2018

When the Loras College Board of Regents announced a five-year extension to President Jim Collins’ contract, it was met with overwhelming support from the Loras community online.

Duhawks took to social media with a steady stream of appreciation and congratulations for the Loras president.

On Twitter, the tweets came pouring in with excitement about the news and appreciation for the job Collins has done thus far for Loras.

Duhawks on Facebook were just as enthusiastic about the news, from alumni to current students and parents offering their congratulations.

In response to the outpouring of support, Collins provided a response from his Twitter and Facebook accounts:

“I write w/a humble heart. I’ll try to get back to as many as possible, but, for now, I offer sincere thanks to the many who have offered congratulatory messages through any number of mediums. Loras and all of you are blessings in my life. I am forever grateful #duhawks

The contract extension makes Collins the longest serving president of the school. Entering his 15th year, Collins became the youngest president in Loras’ history in 2004.

Board Chair Anthony Reardon, a 1972 graduate of Loras, made the announcement at its May meeting.

“The Loras Board of Regents has been extremely pleased with Jim’s leadership over the past 14 years and this contract extension, offered with unanimous consent of the Board, is a testimony of our commitment to Jim’s outstanding performance as the President of Loras,” he said. “Over this last contract period Jim has guided Loras on a path to meet our vision of excelling in the development of principled thinkers and caring professionals in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions.  Loras is now entering a new period of growth excellence with challenges that will require the strong stewardship that Jim will provide. We look forward to continued success in the years to come under Jim’s capable leadership.”

Read full press release on Collins extended contract:
Loras College Board of Regents extends president’s contract five years