January 16, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour has reappointed Augustus Leon Collins of Madison to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. The three-member commission oversees workers’ compensation regulations and appeals statewide.

“I appreciate General Collins’ service on the commission, and I am pleased he will continue to devote his time and energy to public service,” Governor Barbour said. “His military experience and dedication to the community makes him well deserving of this position.”

Collins, whose term will end Dec. 31, 2014, serves as the representative of labor on the commission. After serving in the military as Brigadier General, he retired from the United States Army. Collins also was the former Commander of the 155th Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Collins was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007. He was twice awarded the National Guard Bureau’s Minuteman Award and was chosen as Mississippi’s Trailblazer of the Year in 2006.

Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi. He also earned master’s degrees in business administration from Jackson State University and in strategic studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. He and his wife, Debra, have two sons, William and Benjamin.