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Jim Collins


Trustee Emeritus

Grad Year: 1969

Major: Sociology
Currently: Retired from Deere & Co. (2008); President, John Deere Foundation; Director, Corporate Citizenship Center of Excellence

Words for Success

The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Collins said his best memories of St. Ambrose University simply are the caliber of liberal arts education he received within a caring and supportive community.

SAU Service

Diversity Work Group, member
Board of Trustees, member (1991-2010)
SAU Alumni Association, President (1991-1995)

Professional Service

QC Economic Development Group, member (2000-2007)
Illinois QC Chamber of Commerce, President (1995-1996)
Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Commissioner (1989-1992)

Community Service

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
Junior Achievement of the Heartland, board member, business consultant in the classroom
QC Vision for the Future, education task force member (1988)
Quad Cities Branch NAACP, Chair: Education Committee and Executive Committee member


Modern Woodmen of America Community Service Award (2011)
Illinois QC Chamber's Volunteer of the Year (2004)
Sam Walton Business Leader Award (1999)
SAU Athletic Hall of Fame, Track (1984)
Many Who's Who designations for business and society

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