Love Collins, III has held vice president positions in advancement for more than thirty years; leading teams that collectively raised over five hundred million dollars in philanthropic support at well-known private and public academic and biomedical research institutions. Most recently, Love served as Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Development and Communications at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids. He also led advancement teams at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and four historically black colleges and universities. Collins served as past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Carolina Regional Chapter, where he was recognized during his tenure as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive. He has written articles on fundraising and has given many talks at fundraising conferences.
His experience also includes service as Executive Director of the Florida A&M University Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Red Cross, the United Way, the South Carolina Community Foundation, and the Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. Love’s experience includes over thirteen years as a corporate executive in strategic planning; helping to lead BellSouth Corporation into the wireless communications market, While at BellSouth Corporation he served four years in a loaned executive position as Deputy Managing Director of Operations for the amazingly successful 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.
Love earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and an Executive MBA degree in finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He received an honorable discharge and recognition for meritorious service in the U.S. Army’s Infantry Branch as an airborne officer. He is married to Linda J. Collins and has two adult children, Addison and Brennan.