2020 Alumni AwardS Recipients

Alumnus of The Year

Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, Jr. '71

Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, Jr. is the president of Randolph Community College. Robert earned his associate degree from Bluefield College in 1971 and was inducted into the Bluefield College Athletics Hall of Fame (Basketball) in 1985. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from School of the Ozarks then 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.

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

Shackleford serves on a number of boards throughout Randolph County. In 2011, he received the Citizen of the Year award from The Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. 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.

Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award

Rev. Jared Andrew 'Andy' Berry '05

Rev. Jared Andrew ‘Andy’ Berry lives out the mission and vision of Bluefield College everyday – he 100% understands that his life calling is to glorify the Lord in all that he does. A 2005 graduate of Bluefield College, Andy is also a 2019 graduate of Bethel Seminary with a Master’s of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. He was ordained into Christian ministry by Richmond’s First Baptist Church in the fall of 2019.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Andy is the founder of We The Wonder, an organization that partners with churches to design better experiences for kids to reach more families.

Andy has dreamed, planned, and executed many extraordinary videos, children’s services, annual events, and much more. He recently served as Director of Hope Kids at Hope Church in Richmond, and is currently serving as the Minister of Invitation at Richmond’s First Baptist Church. 
During his time at Bluefield, he served as the managing editor of the Rampage and led in various roles with student council and Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He was also the starting wide out for the flag football dynasty known as The Gerties.

In his words, “I am pastor, storyteller, tinkerer and family ministry thinkerer. I spend most days having light saber duels with my sons, building Star Wars LEGO sets, and finding new ways to tell God’s redemptive story to anyone who will listen.”

Andy lives in Richmond with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Noah (5) and Carter (2).

Distinguished Young ALumna

Sarah Elizabeth Jones '08

Sarah Elizabeth Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with teacher licensure for PreK-6 in December 2008. She began working in Tazewell County Public Schools in February 2009 - the week after she married her high school sweetheart, Jamie Jones. She is a three-time cancer survivor who never let the disease hold her back. Sarah has gone through chemotherapy, radiation, and several surgeries. She says, “The support I received from my community and my students was always extremely uplifting and encouraging. My students and loving my job/teaching was always a huge motivator to keep me going.”

Sarah received Teacher of the Year for southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia in 2016. She shows exemplary dedication to her students between her care, attention to detail, communication, and love for all of her students. No matter what Sarah was going through, she kept her students first and attributed all of it to God’s glory and goodness.

Most recently, during the recent school shut down for the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sarah made sure her students never missed a beat. She created a Facebook Group for the Graham Intermediate School 4th Grade, went “Live” every day with updates for parents and students, read and interacted with students, and much more. Her daily check-in provided a sense of normalcy for students and was a highlight of their day. Sarah exemplifies Bluefield College’s mission daily through her love and compassion for her job and her students.

Honorary AlumnA

Dr. Cynthia Bascom 

Dr. Cynthia Bascom serves as a professor of communication and chair of the Bluefield College Department of Communication. A longtime supporter of Bluefield College, Dr. Bascom and has greatly impacted her classroom with her intellect, broad base of knowledge, and love for each student. She works tirelessly to ensure her students are equipped with the tools to succeed following graduation.

Her career includes working in children’s television (Sesame Street and The Muppet Show), new product development in the toy industry, market research for shopping networks, and curriculum development for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Dr. Bascom received her bachelor’s degree from Denison University, then went on to complete a master’s of business administration and Ph.D. from Ohio University. She is a dynamic member of the Bluefield College community and was awarded Educator of the Year upon her first year of teaching at Bluefield (an award voted upon by the student body). She has also received the Distinguished Faculty, and was Bluefield College’s first female teacher to be promoted from associate professor to the rank of full professor. 


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