Office of the President

Dr. Robert Shackleford Jr.

Randolph Community College is a member institution of the North Carolina Community College System. It is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees with four appointees from the Governor's Office, four from the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, and two each from the Randolph County Board of Education and the Asheboro City Board of Education. The 13th member (non-voting) is the current Student Government Association president.


President's Staff

Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr., President
Heather O. Clouston, Executive Assistant to the President & Board of Trustees
Kelly W. Heath, Special Assistant to the President for Projects and Events


Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr.

Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. - Background

Randolph Community College President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. assumed leadership of Randolph Community College on January 1, 2007. He was officially inaugurated as the fourth president of Randolph Community College on March 8, 2007, in a ceremony attended by over 200 colleagues, community members, friends and family members at AVS Banquet Centre.

Shackleford formerly served as dean of student services at Randolph Community College from 2000-2003 before taking the vice president of student services position at Rockingham Community College. He first joined Randolph in 1998 as the program head for the Early Childhood Associate curriculum and eventually became chair of the Human Services department. He also taught early childhood education, human development, family studies, sociology, human relations and leadership development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University, and Gardner-Webb University.

Shackleford earned an associate degree in secondary education from Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va., and a bachelor's degree in physical education from the School of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. He completed his master's degree in child development and family studies and a doctorate in human development and family studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

A member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1985-1992, Shackleford served as battalion chaplain and assistant division chaplain. He served as a chaplain in the North Carolina Air National Guard from 1992 until his retirement in January 2008. From 1997 until his retirement, he was the Wing Chaplain (senior supervisory chaplain) for the 145th Airlift Wing.

Since returning to RCC, he served as 2013 chair for the board of directors of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, 2011-2012 chair for the Randolph County United Way campaign, 2010-2011 president of the Randolph Rotary Club, and 2015-2016 president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents. He is a member of the Randolph Health Board of Directors and corporate membership board, the Randolph County School System advisory council and the government committee of the Asheboro Randolph Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011, Shackleford received the Citizen of the Year award from The Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. This recognition is the Chamber’s top award annually for service to the community. In 2013, he was named as the President of the Year by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, and in 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce.

Shackleford is a frequent speaker at local civic clubs, schools and churches, and a regular presenter at professional workshops and conferences. He speaks twice a year to the Student Leadership Institute, a statewide training program for student leaders from community colleges throughout the state.

Shackleford and his wife, Teresa, live in Randleman with their son, Will. He also has two grown children, Kristi and Kori, and one granddaughter, Brianna. Teresa Shackleford is the CEO for Merce Clinic.


Contact President Robert S. Shackleford and his staff

Telephone: 336-633-0286
Mailing address:
Office of the President
Randolph Community College
629 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, N.C. 27205