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. It is a blessing to be a part of 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 at Charles C. Bell Elementary School 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 taught fourth grade at Glen Arden Elementary before serving as an Administrative Intern and Interim Assistant Principal at Sand Hill - Venable Elementary School.
Dr. Jackson served as a principal in three schools in Union County, NC. In Union County, Dr. Jackson had the unique honor of opening two brand-new schools as the inaugural principal for Marvin Elementary School and later Cuthbertson High School. In 2014, Dr. Jackson was named Superintendent of Edenton-Chowan Public Schools in northeastern North Carolina, a position he held for six years before being named as Superintendent of Carteret County Public Schools on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. He returned home to serve as the Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools in November, 2022.
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 honored as the 2011 Wells-Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year, as the North Carolina High School Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association, and as a National Distinguished Principal.
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. Most recently, Dr. Jackson was inducted into the Honor Roll of Peak Performers by the Western Carolina University College of Education for his "professional achievements and because the professors associated with their discipline believe they are an inspirational role model to our students."