Graduation Year: 1991
Rick Collin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in suburban Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in American history from the University of Maryland in 1977, and a master of science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota in 1991. A U.S. Army veteran, Collin was stationed in Erlangen, West Germany, from 1979-81. He then attended Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis and worked as a radio news reporter and media relations coordinator for 10 years in North Dakota, including at stations KEYZ and KGCX in Williston and KFYR in Bismarck, and at UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks.
In 1994, he edited and revised for republication Bloody Knife: Custer’s Favorite Scout, by the late Ben Innis. He also was editor of Mr. Wheat: A Biography of U.S. Senator Milton Young about North Dakota’s longest serving U.S. Senator, written by Andrea Winkjer Collin and published in 2010. He and his wife, Andrea Winkjer Collin, are small business owners, operating Smoky Water Press, which has published books of regional historic and cultural interest since 1994. From 1993-95, he served as Communications Director for Governor Edward T. Schafer of North Dakota. From 1995 to 2012, he worked at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, where he was Communications and Education Director.
From January 2012 to January 2013, he was Deputy State Director for U.S. Representative Rick Berg. He is currently Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
He was also on the adjunct faculty at the University of Mary in Bismarck for 15 years, where he taught American history and political science, including courses on the American Presidency, the History of World War II and America in the 1960s. He and his wife Andrea have three daughters.