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Securing America’s Future:

The Power of Liberal Arts Education

Edward R. Collins

Founding Partner and Wealth Advisor, Artisan Wealth Management, LLC
Caldwell College (NJ), Class of 1998
Edward R. Collins is founding partner and wealth advisor at Artisan Wealth Management, LLC, where he specializes in family wealth management and investment portfolio design. A true student of “wealth management,” Collins has achieved advanced accreditation in the areas of financial planning, professional money management, and wealth management.
 
Collins graduated magna cum laude from Caldwell College with a double major in history and psychology, a minor in political science, and a certificate in government service and administration. He started his professional career working with the United States Department of Justice, but he transitioned to private wealth management planning in 1998.
 
Community service plays an important role in Collins’ life. For Caldwell College, he is a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Alumni Board, and serves on the Business Advisory Council. He also serves as a trustee and treasurer of the Brian C. Kull Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Emblazoned on my Alma Mater’s crest is the Latin motto “Sapietia et Scientia.” Translated, it reads “Wisdom and Knowledge.” I believe this phrase encapsulates my perspective on a liberal arts education. Thinking back on my undergraduate years, I honestly did not fully understand or appreciate the benefits the liberal arts would offer me. Over the past 15 years since graduation, however, it has become crystal clear.
 
A liberal arts education develops the whole person. Specifically, it lays the foundation upon which success can follow. Being exposed to a truly diverse but complementary curriculum fosters the development of critical thinking skills and an appreciation for a vast array of disciplines. In my career in financial services, the research skills I honed in my history courses and the in-depth understanding of behavior I gained in my psychology course have been invaluable to me. The knowledge earned in my business and finance courses helped me learn the language of the field in which I eventually found a home.

In my career in financial services, the research skills I honed in my history courses and the in-depth understanding of behavior I gained in my psychology course have been invaluable to me.

The liberal arts helps prepare students for the dynamic nature of post-undergraduate life. After graduation, I began working in the public sector for the United States Department of Justice. Although it had been a desire for as long as I could remember, I was eventually drawn in a different direction. When I left the Department of Justice, I had the educational background fit for a variety of fields. In my undergraduate coursework, I was exposed to business and finance courses. I ultimately chose a career in finance because I enjoyed what I experienced as part of my liberal arts education in those classes.
 
Over the past 15 years, I have experienced challenges surmounted and successes earned. I honestly believe I am where I am today in my career and life as a direct result of my liberal arts education. Whether it was in the classroom tackling a variety of topics or interacting with a diverse student body and faculty, the wisdom and knowledge imparted prepared me for what has followed. It is true that education is what you make of it. Just like a great meal, however, the ingredients matter.
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