FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2007
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS COLLINS TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION
(JACKSON, Mississippi) — Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of General Leon Collins, a native of Booneville, to the Workers’ Compensation Commission (MWCC) for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2008.
“General Collins has an extensive background in management experience, including an impressive military resume that demonstrates his leadership abilities. His business qualifications along with his service in a variety of community organizations will help him in his work on this important Commission,” Governor Barbour said. “I am very pleased General Collins has accepted this assignment and am confident he will serve the citizens of Mississippi well.”
MWCC’s mission is to administer and enforce the Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Law in an efficient and equitable manner. The scope of this law is to aid and promote the prevention of occupational injury and illness; and, in the event of such injury or illness, to secure, monitor, and compel, if necessary, the provision of statutory mandated benefits to those lawfully entitled in furtherance for their rehabilitation and restoration to health and vocational opportunity.
General Collins will be retiring from his career in the United States military, where he has worked as director of mobilization of the United States Army Forces Command in Fort McPherson, Ga., since February 2006. Additionally, General Collins spent one year in Iraq as Commander of the 155th Brigade Combat Team, and previously served as the Mississippi National Guard’s director of personnel. Within his community, General Collins served as the 2004 president of the Central Jackson Soccer Organization and was a member of the New Hope Christian School board of directors. He is the 2006 recipient of the Mississippi “Trailblazer of the Year” award and has been commended by the Mississippi Legislature through Senate Concurrent Resolution Nos. 506 and 557 and House Resolution No. 1. General Collins earned the Minuteman Award from the National Guard Bureau and is an inductee to the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
General Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in business administration from Jackson State University. He graduated with a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College in 2000. General Collins currently resides in Jackson.