Hon. James P. Collins III
Hon. James P. Collins III
Year: Induction Class of 2012
Previous College: Boston State College '73
Team: Lacrosse, Football

The only Boston State College alumnus to be elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Honorable James P. Collins III was a three-year letterman in both lacrosse and football at Boston State College.  Collins was instrumental in two of the most memorable lacrosse seasons in the college’s history.  He also served as one of the founders of the Boston State football program, which he quarterbacked in all three seasons, including its outstanding 6–1 finish in its inaugural year. 

While with the lacrosse program, Collins helped lead the Warriors to the first USILA Colonial League championship, after closing out the 1972 season with an 11­2 record.  That team would later be inducted into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame.  In 1971, Collins, the team’s go-to defensive midfielder, helped the Warriors set the single-season program record for wins with 12. 

Off the field, Collins was active on campus and was elected student government president in his senior year.  Following his graduation, Collins entered the political world and in 1977 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  He subsequently joined the Governor Edward King administration and found time to serve on college committees including the Alumni Association Board and the Michael Crowley Memorial Foundation, named for a lacrosse teammate.  His son, Rep. Nick Collins, currently serves the district that includes the UMass Boston campus area.

Collins earned his master’s degree from Boston University and is currently the CEO of New England Business Partners, based in Boston.  He is on the board of several companies, business groups, and charitable organizations, including the JFK Family Services Center in Charlestown, his hometown. Collins and his wife Mary live in South Boston and are proud parents of Michaela, Andrew, Nick, James P. IV, Mariella, and Olivia.