The Collin College Board of Trustees announced Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 that Dr. Neil Matkin is the sole finalist for the college’s district presidency.

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Dr. Neil Matkin


Dr. Matkin is the executive vice president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and has impressive credentials as well as extensive experience in higher education leadership.

Collin College conducted a nationwide search to replace long-time District President Cary A. Israel following notice of his resignation. Forty individuals applied, the board narrowed the field to seven for interviews in January, and two finalists were invited back in February for final interviews and campus meetings.

The board’s selection of the third district president is expected to become official in March following a waiting period required by state law.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Matkin served as president of the Central Campus of San Jacinto College and served in a variety of administrative and staff roles with the Virginia Community College System, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Ambassador University. He holds both an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree from Ambassador College as well as a Master of Science degree from Golden Gate University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dallas and a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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About Collin College

Collin College is a community college in North Texas’ Collin County. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Plano, Allen and Rockwall. For more information, visit