Dr. Rob Jackson, Superintendent
"As a former student and staff member and as the parent of Buncombe County Schools graduates, I am incredibly honored and excited by the opportunity to serve the children, families, and community of Buncombe County. The academic, artistic, and athletic success of Buncombe County Schools students is a testament to the care and dedication of the teachers, staff, and administrators and of the tremendous partnership with parents and caregivers. I look forward to re-joining this amazing team as together we seek to prepare each and every student for a lifetime of success."
A native of Buncombe County, Dr. Jackson grew up and attended school in Swannanoa. After serving in the United States Navy, he began his career in education as a student data manager and summer custodian as he worked his way through Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Western Carolina University to earn his degree to become a teacher. Dr. Jackson worked in Buncombe County Schools for nine years, as a classified employee and then an elementary school teacher. Dr. Jackson also has a notable history as a school administrator serving as an assistant principal in Gaston County and as a principal in three schools in Union County. In Union County, Dr. Jackson had the unique honor of serving as the inaugural principal for two different schools, Marvin Elementary School and Cuthbertson High School. In 2014, Dr. Jackson was named Superintendent of Edenton-Chowan Public Schools in eastern North Carolina, a position he held for six years before being named to his current role as Superintendent of Carteret County Public Schools.
Over the past several years, Dr. Jackson has received multiple recognitions for his leadership, including being named the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Superintendent of the Year, a Dr. Sam Houston Superintendent Leadership Award recipient, and the Dr. Brad Sneeden Superintendent Leadership Award winner from the North Carolina School Superintendent Association. Dr. Jackson was also honored as the 2011 Wells-Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year and as the North Carolina High School Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association.
Dr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of School Administration degrees from Western Carolina University and holds an Education Specialist Degree and Doctor of Education from Wingate University.