Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our series of “Student Affairs Talk” podcasts. In it, Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from the staff and student communities. This week’s featured guest is Michael Collins, a lieutenant with the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD).


Head shot of Lt. Michael Collins from the Clemson University Police Department

Michael Collins, a 2005 Clemson graduate and former football letterwinner, now works for the university police department.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

Michael Collins once sat in a wide receivers room for Clemson Football with a young, up-and-coming position coach by the name of Dabo Swinney. He went on to earn two letters for the Tigers before a degenerative hip issue prematurely ended his playing career.

After graduating with a degree in sociology in 2005, Collins quickly turned his attention toward a career in law enforcement. He began in the town of Pendleton before joining the patrol division with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. He later became a special agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Now, he’s back at his alma mater as a lieutenant covering special events and day-to-day operations within the investigative support bureau.

In our latest podcast, Collins spoke extensively about what it was like to be recruited as a multi-sport athlete out of Commerce (Ga.) High School, how amazed he is at Clemson’s ascension as a football powerhouse, and ultimately what drew him back to the university in a law enforcement capacity.

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Student Podcasts:
Thomas Marshall III, junior
Abby Eubanks, senior
Mason Foley, senior
Kiah Morris, junior
Abby Martin, senior
Jacob Crotts, senior
A.J. Richard, junior
Garcy Lawson, sophomore
Matt Innocenti, junior
Mason Hammond, senior
Morgan Witherspoon, senior
Logan Young, junior
John Wilde, sophomore

Staff Podcasts:
Chris Fiocchi, Campus Recreation
Kryssa Cooper, Sponsorships
Gary Wiser, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Patricia Figueroa, Campus Recreation
Dan Hofmann, Parking and Transportation Services
Myles Surrett, Student Involvement & Leadership
Suzanne Price, Residential Learning
Bill Daniel, Fire/EMS
Neil Burton, Center for Career and Professional Development
Kate Radford, Student Involvement & Leadership
Brandy Page, Development
Crystal Fulmer, Healthy Campus
Chris Harrington, Clemson University Police Department