Arthur D. Collins, Jr., WG’73

2018 Joseph Wharton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Arthur D. Collins, Jr., WG'73
Retired Chairman & CEO, Medtronic, Inc. 

Art Collins retired from Medtronic in 2008 after serving as the corporation’s chairman & CEO and president & COO for over 15 years. Medtronic is the world’s largest medical technology company with annual revenues of $30 billion and 98,000 employees in over 160 countries. Art joined Medtronic from Abbott Laboratories where he was corporate vice president with responsibility for Abbott's worldwide diagnostic business units. Before joining Abbott, Art served as an officer in the United States Navy and a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He currently is a member of the board of directors of Arconic, Boeing and U.S. Bancorp, and he previously was a director of Alcoa, Cargill and Tennant. He also serves as a senior advisor at Oak Hill Capital Partners and a managing partner at Acorn Advisors. In addition, Art authored The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb, a nine-book series of adventure stories for children. He received a BS degree and a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Miami University. He also has an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the undergraduate faculty and subsequently served on the board of overseers for 15 years.