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Office of the President
Welcome from Dr. Neil Matkin, Ed.D.
About Dr. Matkin
In collaboration with the district’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Neil Matkin has executed
a comprehensive vision to take Collin College to the next level of achievement through
a strategic plan focused on student engagement and success, fundraising and fiscal
management, and dramatically expanding the accessibility of higher education consistent
with the mission, purpose, and Core Values of the college. During his tenure, he has
championed a spirit of innovation now embedded throughout the district, significantly
increased the diversity of the college’s employees, executed the implementation of
the college’s first baccalaureate degrees, and strengthened the college’s connections
to the community. In addition, under his leadership, the college created the iCollin
virtual campus, opened an IT Center at the Frisco Campus, built the Public Safety
Training Center, and opened campuses in Allen, Celina, Farmersville, and Wylie.
Dr. Matkin has previously served as executive vice president of the Louisiana Community & Technical College System where he was executive vice president over 16 colleges. Before that, Dr. Matkin was president of the Central Campus of San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas; vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Virginia Community College System; and chief administrative officer for the Illinois Century Network.
Dr. Matkin holds Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Business Administration degrees. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
President Matkin regularly communicates to stakeholders in the community through In Partnership articles.
Collin College has served the community for more than three decades. Strong presidential leadership has shaped the college since its founding in 1985 and led to the incredibly impactful educational opportunities that have made Collin College a national leader in higher education.
Dr. John Anthony was the founding president of Collin College and one of the college’s first five employees in 1985. Under his leadership, campuses were built in Frisco, Plano, and McKinney.
Known for his open-door policy and keen sense of humor, Dr. Anthony established a list of 22 postulates which communicated a philosophy that guided the college for many years. Before coming to Collin College, he served as president of Portland Community College, Cayuga Community College, and Los Angeles City College.
Dr. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Accounting from Susquehanna University and a Master of Business Education, Psychology from Temple University. He earned his Doctor of Education in Business Education, Psychology from Temple University.
Dr. Cary Israel began his presidency at Collin College in 1999. An ardent advocate for the college, he established Collin College as a recognized leader in health sciences education. Passionate about providing students with scholarly opportunities and a rigorous education, Dr. Israel spearheaded the creation of the college’s majestic libraries at the Plano, Frisco, and McKinney campuses. Under his leadership, the college built the Collin Higher Education Center, a unique multi-institutional higher education facility for area students.
Before coming to Collin College, Dr. Israel served as president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, executive director/president of the Illinois Community College Board, and president of Front Range Community College in Colorado.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
The Executive Leadership Team consists of the President's Cabinet, Campus Provosts and other college leaders.
Dr. Neil Matkin, District President
Dr. Sherry Schumann, Executive Vice President
Melissa Irby, Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Abe Johnson, Senior Vice President, Campus Operations
Steve Matthews, Senior Vice President, External Relations
Floyd Nickerson, Chief Human Resources Officer
Monica Velazquez, General Counsel
Office of the President Staff
Kristy Horkman, Executive Assistant to the President/Secretary to the Board
Donna Ludwig, Administrative Assistant to the Board
Dr. Jay Corwin, Chief Student Success Officer
Dr. Jon Hardesty, Vice President, Academic Affairs
David Stephens, Chief Innovation Officer
Christopher Eyle, Vice President, Facilities/Construction
Scott Jenkins, Chief of Police
Dr. Mary Barnes-Tilley, Campus Provost, Plano Campus
Dr. Bill King, Campus Provost, Technical Campus and Courtyard Center
Craig Leverette, Campus Provost, Frisco Campus and Celina Campus
Dr. Tom Martin, Vice President, Institutional Research
Dr. Mary McRae, Campus Provost, Wylie Campus
Dr. Mark Smith, Campus Provost, McKinney Campus and Farmersville Campus
Ali Subhani, Director, Internal Audit
Dr. Albert Tezeno, Vice President, Student and Enrollment Services
Lisa Vasquez, Vice President, Advancement
Office of the President
Dr. Neil Matkin
Elected Officials Inquiries
Senior Vice President, External Relations
Associate VP, Communications
Executive Assistant to the President/Secretary to the Board