About President Roberts

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., serves as the President of Shoreline Community College, a positon she has held since August, 2014. On Seattle’s doorstep, Shoreline is recognized for its close relationship with the University of Washington and groundbreaking professional/technical programs such as health science, automotive, clean energy, biotech and music technology. Shoreline has also marked “50 Years of Great,” in 2014-15.

Previous experience

Dr. Roberts previously served as President of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, for seven years and in other leadership positions in Oregon and the Seattle areas as: vice president, dean, director, graduate fellow, instructor, trainer and visiting professor. 

Leadership at the national level

Dr. Roberts also leads at the national level by serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and has served as co-chair of that Association’s Commission on Global Education and Economic and Workforce Development.

Education as it ran in the family

While Dr. Roberts has extensive professional and academic experience, her love of and commitment to education and public service started as a child. Her father, LeRoy Roberts Jr., who from his childhood roots in a segregated Georgia and one of eight children, became a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Force and a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Her mother grew up in South Carolina and graduated from a historically Black college – Benedict – where she taught freshman English at the age of 15, even before receiving her baccalaureate degree at 18.

Dr. Roberts forged her own educational path starting with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University, a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.

Fond of citing inspirational quotes, Dr. Roberts often cites:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

—Marcel Proust