Perry is semi-retired working as a Consultant specializing in Leadership Training and Military Outreach. He is owner of Collins and Associates Consulting LLC. He also is a regional photography artist and has a small studio on Main Street Roanoke, Indiana.
Perry retired after serving 2 years and 4 months as Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech). Perry drove more than 73 thousand miles during this period to provide leadership to 12 sites. During this period revenue has grown by an outstanding 72%. Fishers, Mishawaka, and Hammond sites were developed and launched. A Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and PhD in Global Leadership were also started during this period. Most recently Perry helped the University develop a very aggressive marketing program to the military. A generous scholarship is helping soldiers and their spouses attain college degrees.
Collins came to Indiana Tech after serving as director of the EXCEL Program for Adults at Huntington University. During his two years at Huntington he increased enrollment by 67% and exceeded all income projections for both fiscal years he was the Director.
He retired as a Colonel and Vice Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing. He began his military career by enlisting in the Indiana Air National Guard, Fort Wayne, in 1964. The Indianapolis Star/News selected him for the prestigious Eugene C Pulliman Military Achievement Award in 1969. He attained the grade of Master Sergeant within seven years and was the unit's first active duty recruiter. He was accepted for the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science and received his commission in 1973. He has served as the chief career control officer, information officer, chief of personnel actions section, chief of security police, chief of personnel, base executive officer, commander of the combat support squadron, support group commander, and chief of staff before assuming the position of vice commander in August 2000. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Sagamore of the Wabash Awards during his retirement ceremony in 2003.