RCC History

Richard Taylor Heckman (5/12/1947- )

Richard Taylor Heckman

3rd President (7/1/2000-6/30/2006)

Richard T. "Dick" Heckman was named the third president of the College on May 9, 2000, and began his work on July 1, 2000. An Indiana native, Heckman earned a bachelor's degree in business education and political science and a master's degree in business education and school administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

He completed his doctorate in educational leadership and higher education at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. Prior to becoming president of RCC, Heckman was a business instructor at Hollandale Area High School in Hollandale, Wis.; a graduate assistant at Ball State University; a business instructor at Southeastern Indiana Vocational School in Versailles, Ind.; director of instruction and dean of instructional affairs at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana; and was vice president of instruction at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Mich.

During Heckman's tenure as president, the Foundation Conference Center was completed and the JB Davis Bell & Clock Tower was installed in 2003. An addition to the Archdale Center was also completed. A Radiography program was established and a cooperative Funeral Services Education (Fayetteville Technical Community College) program also began. Randolph Early College High School also became part of the Randolph Community College campus in 2006 during Heckman's presidency.

April 3, 1958*

Date Approved by State Board of Education

Fall 1961

Construction Begins on First Building (Administration/Education Center)

September 4, 1962

Date of official opening 

1962

First Training Program: Certificate (March)

1962

First Continuing Education Classes (September)

1962

First Curriculum Classes: Certificate/Diploma (September)

1965

First Degree Programs Offered: A.A.S. (October)

1980

Armadillo Mascot Approved (October 30)

1980

Reflex Blue & Silver Approved as Official School Colors (October 30)

2009

Orange is added as one of the Official School Colors and a new logo is approved (March)