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Dr. Michael Shackleford currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia State University.  He is responsible for developing students through an integrated approach to function successfully and responsibly within a diverse and challenging environment.  He ensures that the division supports the academic mission and provides student-centered programs and activities, ultimately graduating a well-pre-pared student capable of functioning in a global society.  He considers it an honor to be able to give back to his alma mater.  His areas of responsibility include Academic Success and Retention, Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, Counseling Services, Orientation, Police and Public Safety, Residence Life, Student Health Services, Student Activities, and Upward Bound

Dr. Shackleford has been on the University staff for 18 years.  He served as the Professor of Military Science, the Executive Director of Enrollment Management, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  While at the University, he served on several committees that focused on meeting the University’s goals and objectives, particularly in the area of Enrollment Management.

Dr. Shackleford currently serves on the College Board Southern Region Council which he also chaired.  He is a trustee on the College Board.  He is an active board member of the National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admissions Officers. He has presented at forums for both organizations.   

Dr. Shackleford is a 1972 Distinguished ROTC Graduate who was commissioned into the US Army as a Supply and Services Officer as well as an Automation Officer.  He proudly served for 24 years.  He was an instructor at the U.S. Army Military Academy (West Point) and in the U.S. Army Quartermaster School.  His final military assignment was as the Professor of Military Science at Virginia State University.

Dr. Shackleford earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University, Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology and his Doctor of Education from the George Washington University.  

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