About President Roberts

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., serves as the eighth President of Shoreline Community College, a positon she has held since August 2014. 

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, instructor, trainer and visiting professor. 

Leadership at the national level

Dr. Roberts has led at the national level as well, serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She has also served as chair of the Association’s Commission on Communications, as well as co-chair of the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. She currently serves on the AACC’s Commission on Economic and Workforce Development and Community College Workforce Consortium (CCWC).

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, Ann Johnson Roberts, grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the historically Black college, Benedict College, 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

Under Dr. Roberts' leadership, Shoreline has "new eyes" in relation to its work to help students finish what they start.