FSU Alumni Association

This Years Honoree

Named for the 10th president of Florida State University, the Bernard F. Sliger Award is the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association. This award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution toward the fulfillment of the mission of Florida State University. Winners of the Bernard F. Sliger Award, named below, are automatically accorded membership into the Circle of Gold.


Peter Collins Headshot

 Peter Collins 

   (B.S. ’92, MBA ’97), College of Business

   Tampa, Florida

Peter Collins is co-founder and managing principal of Forge Capital Partners LLC, a diversified real estate investment management company in the southeast United States. Collins directs all private equity activities for Forge and is the CEO of Forge’s real estate private equity fund business. Over the last 20 years, Collins has overseen more than $1.5 billion of real estate and corporate transactions, including over eight million square feet of commercial and residential development, acquisitions and dispositions. Collins is the chair of the Florida State University Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as a trustee of the Florida State University Foundation, chair of the FSU Endowment and member of the Executive Committee of the FSU College of Business Board of Governors. Collins is the longest-serving member of the State of Florida Pension Investment Advisory Council and serves on the Board of the Florida Council and is active with the Urban Land Institute, the Southern Region Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and is currently President of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. An Eagle Scout, Collins has served as the Area 4 (State of Florida) President and is a past member of the BSA National Foundation Board of Directors and former chairman of the BSA National Foundation’s Investment Committee. Collin also received the BSA’s prestigious Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and National Outstanding Eagle Scout awards.