John M. Collins Jr. is a 20-year veteran of forensic science, having practiced as a scientist in federal, state, and local crime laboratories. As the director of a small county laboratory and a large state system respectively, John led the DuPage County Crime Laboratory (Wheaton, Illinois) and the seven laboratories of the Michigan State Police to their first international forensic science accreditations. In DuPage County, he became only the 4th director of a full service forensic science organization in the United States to earn international accreditation. In late 2013, he went into private practice by creating the Forensic Foundations Group.
Collins is an avid speaker, teacher, and writer on a variety of forensic science issues, particularly in the areas of crime laboratory management, quality assurance, and human resource management. In 2007, he founded Crime Lab Report with his colleague Jay Jarvis, which has become a respected and widely read publication on forensic science policy and practices.
Collins was a 1992 graduate of the storied forensic science program at Michigan State University where he was also a record-setting, 4-year varsity discus thrower for the Spartans' track & field squad. In 2006, he completed his masters degree in Organizational Management, and in 2009 earned the rigorous Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute. In 2013, he received intensive training as a personal and executive coach through the College of Executive Coaching.
Among the awards Collins has received are a special commendation from the Department of Treasury for his forensic work in the tragic serial bombings in Atlanta, which authorities learned were associated with the bombing of the 1996 Olympics in the same city. In 2002, Collins received the Steve Molnar Award from the Association of Firearm & Toolmark Examiners for outstanding contributions to the science of Firearm & Toolmark Identification. In 2013, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors awarded Collins with the prestigious Briggs J. White Award, given annually to distinguished "ASCLD members in recognition of excellence through leadership in forensic science management."