Vice President of Financial Aid
Western Governors University
Salt Lake City
Biographical Sketch: Bob Collins joined Western Governors University (WGU) in October 2012 as the Vice President of Financial Aid. In the late 1990’s, Collins was the Acting Director of Financial Aid at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a consultant for WGU in the very early stages - before the first students enrolled. Collins has 35+ years of experience in student aid administration and continues to be active in the state, regional, and national professional associations. Collins has been a member of several technical review panels for the National Center for Education Statistics, participated on numerous negotiated rulemaking committees, and actively engaged in the Distance Education Demonstration Program with the US Department of Education. In 2016, WGU received national recognition from AAUA and WCET for its Responsible Borrowing Initiatives (RBI) program. Collins has published several topical articles on LinkedIn and has quotes in Yahoo, Education Dive, Good Call, and Huffington Post, among other media outlets. Collins is a member of the NASFAA Forward 50 committee as a national thought leader on higher education public policy.