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.


  • 1993 - Ph.D., Human Development & Family Studies (University of NC at Greensboro) Minors: Higher Education Administration; Sociology
  • 1989 - M.S., Child Development & Family Relations (University of NC at Greensboro)
  • 1976 - M.Div., Theology & Pastoral Care (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC)
  • 1973 - B.S., Physical Education (School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO)
  • 1971 - A.S., Secondary Education (Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA)
  • 1969 - High School Diploma, Academic Track (Roxboro High School, Roxboro, NC)

Professional Experience

  • President, Randolph Community College (2007-Present)
  • Vice President for Student Development, Rockingham Community College (2003-2006)
  • Dean of Student Services, Randolph Community College (2000-2003)
  • Program Head, Early Childhood Education program, Randolph Community College, (1998-1999)
  • Professor of Sociology, Family Studies, and Leadership Development at UNC-Greensboro (Visiting Assistant Professor), High Point University, and Gardner-Webb University (1990-2003)
  • Pastor of Churches in Green Sea, SC (1976-1979), Greensboro, NC (1979-1986), and Bluefield, WV (1986-1990)
  • Military Chaplain
    • NC Air National Guard (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired) (1992-2008)
    • US Army Reserves (1985-1992)
    • Selected highlights of military career:
      • Spent several weeks on-duty in Washington, DC as a Chaplain after the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, counseling with survivors, victim co-workers, and family members.
      • Was the chaplain on call for two plane crashes, spending several weeks counseling with the military response personnel – i.e., flight nurses, fire fighters, body recovery teams, photographers, etc.
      • Assigned to chaplain duty at Istres AFB, France, providing chaplain coverage and ministry to a refueling tanker squadron serving on that French nuclear base.
      • Visited our NCANG personnel and spent time ministering to wounded soldiers and airman at the base hospital at Ramstein AFB, Germany.
      • Visited and ministered to wounded soldiers and airmen at the base hospital at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
      • Led many PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) weekend marriage conferences for hundreds of redeployed airmen, soldiers and their spouses.

Community & Professional Service

  • Randolph County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors
    • 2013 - Chair, Board of Directors
    • 2012 - Vice Chair, Board of Directors
  • United Way of Randolph County Board of Directors
    • 2011-2012 - Chair, Governance Committee
    • 2011-2012 - Member, Executive Committee
    • 2011-2012 - Chair, Randolph County United Way Campaign (2011 Campaign Video)
  • Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Randolph Hospital
    • Corporate Membership Board
    • Board of Directors
      • Member, Quality Committee
      • Member, Board Planning Committee
      • Member, Recruitment Committee
    • Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation
      • Member, Foundation Planning Committee
  • Randolph County Schools Advisory Council
  • North Carolina Community College System
    • Member, Performance Funding Committee
    • Member, Joint Legislative Planning Committee
  • North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents
    • Past President (2015-2016)
    • Past Vice President (2014-2015)
    • Past Treasurer (2013-2014)
    • Member, Executive Committee
    • Chair, Long-Range Planning
    • Vice Chair, Legislative Committee
    • Presidents' Association Liaison to the NCCCS Student Leadership Development Program
    • Presidents' Association Liaison to the N4CSGA (N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association)
  • Randolph Rotary Club
    • Past President (2010-2011)
    • Club Director (2009-2013)
    • Chair, Youth Career Fair Committee
    • Drawdown Fundraiser Committee/Emcee at Fundraising Event
    • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Member, Pfeiffer University Presidential Search Committee (2010)
  • Member, New Salem United Methodist Church, Randleman
    • Chair, Finance Committee
    • Member, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee


  • 2013: President of the Year Award from The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges to encourage, identify, and reward outstanding leadership and commitment to the community college mission among the president of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System.
  • 2012: John Baggett Award from The National Alliance on Mental Illness to recognize the local community effort as a non-member on behalf of people living with mental illness and their families.
  • 2011: 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.  
  • 2010: Distinguished Alumni Award from The School of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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.

Prior to returning to Randolph Community College in 2007, Shackleford was active in leadership roles for the United Way of Rockingham County and the Rockingham County Partnership for Children. He was a member of the Madison-Mayodan Rotary Club, the Rockingham County Mental Health Board, the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium, and was a 2004 graduate of Leadership Rockingham.

During his earlier tenure in Randolph County (1998-2003), he was a member of the Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee, the Business & Education Committee of the Asheboro/Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, the JobLink Career Center Management Team, the Job Service Employer Committee of the Employment Security Commission, the Randolph County Partnership for Children, and the Continuous Improvement Monitoring System Steering Committee of the Randolph County Board of Education. He graduated from Leadership Randolph in 2000.

He attended the Future Presidents Institute in 2005, winning the Herring Fellowship, a scholarship awarded by the North Carolina Community College System Foundation. He is a past member of the advisory board for the North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching, the NCCCS Staff Person of the Year Selection Committee, the Student Development Personnel Association, and served as president of the Student Development Administrators Association.

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