Crimson Catch Up: Scott Collins '87, JD'90

Scott Collins ’87, JD’90 was the personification of the term student-athlete as an undergraduate at Harvard. Captain of the 1986 football team, he was an All-Ivy League caliber player and Frederick Greeley Crocker Award winner as the team’s MVP while also earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and authoring a thesis which later became a published academic work. Scott then went on to serve as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review while earning his JD from Harvard Law School. 

With wide-ranging experience in law, government, and business, Scott served in positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before embarking on a career at Summit Partners, a growth equity investment firm where he is now Managing Director, COO, and head of technology investing. Scott founded the firm’s European operations and called London home for 16 years.

A devoted alumnus, he currently serves on the Committee on University Resources, the Joint Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development, the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, and the Harvard Varsity Club Board. He has been an elected director of the HAA and has also co-chaired his College and Law School reunions. Scott is also a board member of City Year Boston and co-founder of Impetus-PEF, a U.K. philanthropic trust dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth.

He is the father of five children, including William A.B. ’16, Robert S.B. ’20, and Martha A.B. ’21.

 

Title & Employer: Managing Director & COO,  Summit Partners
House: Winthrop
Concentration: Economics
Sport: Football


When I think about my time at Harvard, the first thing that comes to mind is…

The great friends I made from many walks of life.


Away from athletics, I…

Wrote a thesis on airline deregulation which eventually became a published academic work.

What I’m most proud of during my time at Harvard is…

Achieving high performance both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Harvard helped me to…

Think big, believe in myself and strive to make a difference in the world. 

Being a student-athlete taught me…

How to manage my time, set goals and priorities, compete and face adversity, and work as a team. It was super preparation for the world of business.
 

What I am most proud of since Commencement is…

My five wonderful children, three of whom have attended Harvard.

 

When my teammates and I get together, we…

Reminisce about the good times we had together and do silly imitations of our beloved former coaches, the late Joe Restic and George Clemens.

 

The most important piece of advice I can give current student-athletes is to…
Aim high, believe in yourself and in the words of Winston Churchill, “never, never, never give up.”
 

As an alum, my strongest tie to Harvard is…

The Harvard Varsity Club!
 

I am seeking election to Harvard's Board of Overseers because…

Harvard has given so much to me, and I would like to give something back. I believe my experience in law, government, international business and technology can serve the University well.
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As an Overseer, I hope to…

Be a strong advocate for our great athletics programs, which are so important to College and University life.


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