University of the Sciences’ Carrie Collins has secured a spot on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2014 “40 Under 40” list
, which recognizes the region’s most promising young professionals, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders. Awardees will be honored at a special event on Tuesday, May 20, at the Wannamaker Building in Philadelphia.
The selection process for this year’s final line-up was competitive, as 225 nominations were submitted for the publication’s 40 spots, according to Craig Ey, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal.
“I am honored and excited to have been chosen from among Philadelphia’s top young professionals for my work in relationship-building, networking, and my passion for fundraising, especially at University of the Sciences,” said Collins, vice president of institutional advancement at USciences
Over the past year, Collins has reignited the University’s ambition for success among her staff and colleagues in the areas of development and alumni relations, marketing and communications, and university events. For example, Collins led her fundraising team to increase gifts and pledges by 53 percent over the prior fiscal year. In addition to monetary donations, alumni volunteerism increased by 21 percent over the previous year.
Collins came to USciences in 2012 after serving as executive director of planning and stewardship at Duquesne University for nearly eight years. She also has years of experience as a business attorney. Collins earned a BA in political sciences/French from University of Pittsburgh, an MA in leadership and liberal studies from Duquesne University, and a JD from University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
As a staunch advocate for women, Collins also volunteers as a member of the Leadership Committee for the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
. In this role, she has offered her advice and expertise on fundraising, organizational structure and governance, and expanding membership by developing relationships with a new constituent base.
“Carrie has established herself as an outstanding administrator, community activist, and ideal networker and fundraiser — all for the betterment of University of the Sciences and the Greater Philadelphia region,” said USciences president Helen Giles-Gee, PhD. “Her dedication, passion, and unending enthusiasm for her work, profession, favorite causes, and for this region, set her apart from most other professionals.”
Collins, a native of York County, Pa., resides in Bala Cynwyd with her husband and their two children.