Dr. Morris W. H. "Bill" Collins served as American University's Dean of the College of Public Affairs and as the University of Georgia's Director of the Vinson Institute of Government. He came to Mississippi State University as the founding director of the Stennis Institute of Government. Mississippi's United States Senator John C. Stennis, convinced that Dr. Collins "belonged in Mississippi," hand-selected him to become the first to hold the John C. Stennis Chair in Political Science as well.
At MSU, Dr. Collins worked closely with then-president James McComas to institute many of the programs he had helped established at UGa. Through his interest in involving young people in public service, he brought leading figures of the day to MSU to engage in close and personal discussions about their lives and careers. We reprise these meetings and honor his work in the Morris W. H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series.