Marcus Collins

Faculty Advisor

Student Success & Academic Counseling: SASB North 2203


Marcus completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his hometown of Pembroke, N.C. at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Public Administration.  Before coming to UNC Chapel Hill he was also an employee of UNC Pembroke where he coordinated the Upward Bound program, taught a college life-skills freshman seminar, and advised undergraduate students.  He arrived at UNC in October of 2001, as the Assistant Dean of the  Center for Student Academic Counseling.  Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Summer Bridge program and fulfills the role of academic adviser to Bridge students, as well as, biology majors in the Natural Sciences division when time permits.  He also advises several undergraduate   student organizations and serves on various committees and boards, including   the American Indian Center advisory board.  Believing in the ability of all students to succeed, Marcus embraces the idea that we must meet students where they are.  One of the ways we do this is through our own authenticity via self-reflection of where we have been and where we are now as practitioners in the field.  One of his favorite quotes comes from the film The Great Debaters: “We must do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do.”  He resides in Durham with his lovely wife Rhonda of almost 13 years and their dog Sonny.  In his free time you can find him reading, doing yard work and enjoying church activities.

Other Advising Roles

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (2007, 2011)

Other Information

Carolina Indian Circle (CIC) Circle Award (2003)
Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award (2007)
Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award (2011)