CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| NOVEMBER 10, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hugh M. Collins, Ph.D., Judicial Administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court, announced that he will retire after 36 years of service to the state judiciary, effective January 3, 2011. The Judicial Administrator’s Office is the managerial arm of the Louisiana Supreme Court which serves as the staffing and fiscal agent for several court departments and programs, the Judicial Council, and court-appointed task forces and committees.
Under Collins’ stewardship, the Office of the Judicial Administrator has grown to include oversight of a number of award-winning, good-government initiatives and departments such as: the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Program, the Children and Families Department, the Community Relations Department, the Court Management Information Systems Department and the Louisiana Protective Order Registry.
Collins received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Boston College in 1966. In 1971 he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tulane University. Additionally in 1980, Collins graduated from the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Loyola University. From 1972 to 1978 Collins served as a consultant to the Superintendent and the Research and Planning Division of the New Orleans Police Department.
In 1974, Collins joined the staff of the Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Administrator’s Office as Deputy Judicial Administrator for Systems Analysis. In 1980 he became Chief Deputy Administrator and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. In 1987 he was designated Acting Judicial Administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court and in 1988 was appointed Judicial Administrator. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, a nine-member constitutionally created body empowered to review allegations of judicial misconduct and to recommend sanctions to the Supreme Court.
Throughout his years as Judicial Administrator, Collins was a member of a number of professional organizations including the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM), and the Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology. During his career he held several leadership positions including service as President of COSCA and as Chairman of the COSCA Committee on Trial Court Performance Standards, the COSCA Court Statistics Project and as Co-Chairman of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee. Additionally, Collins served as the COSCA liaison to the American Judges Association, on the Board of Directors of SEARCH –The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and as a member of the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board. In 2009, Collins became Chairman of the FBI Criminal Disposition Task Force.
In 1990, Collins received the Distinguished Service Award presented annually by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) for outstanding contributions to the administration of justice nationally. In 1998, he was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society, which honors individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice through extraordinary contributions of service and support to the NCSC. Collins received the 1999 Glenn R. Winters Award, presented by the American Judges Association to the lay person who has made substantial improvement to the image of the judiciary; and in 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Palmer Award in recognition of his service to COSCA and for his outstanding achievement in the field of judicial administration.
Collins is married to Sheila O’Donnell of New Orleans, also a Ph.D. in Mathematics and the recently-retired Chair of the Mathematics Department at Isidore Newman School.
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