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Gary Collins graduated from PHCC in 1978 with two Associate in Science degrees, in Business Administration and in Education. He continued his education at Averett University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising in 1981. He is currently First Vice President of Investments for UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Collins has been involved with the PHCC Foundation since 1992 and served formerly as Chairman of the Patrick Henry Community College Board. In addition to his support of PHCC, he has been highly involved in his community, serving on numerous boards and organizations, including United Way, C-Peg Board of the Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and the Martinsville High School Soccer Boosters, as well as several civic groups. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Community Service Award from J.C. Bradford in 1988 and the Outstanding Young Virginian Award by the Virginia Jaycees in 1989. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Averett University in 1988.