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Dr. Robert McCracken

Room A042, Peters Hall

Robert C. McCracken, Ed. D.  Currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Program at Radford University. He previously coordinated the Professional Development Center and served as Program Leader for Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development. Additionally he works as a staff member of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, where he works with the Executive Coaching Program for New Superintendents and directs the Educational Services Review Program. Dr. McCracken served as a consultant to the Virginia Department of Education in the Office of School Improvement. He also is an instructor and assessor with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University where he works with first responders.  He is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the College of Education and Human Development at Radford University.

Dr. McCracken served as Superintendent of Schools for Giles County, Virginia from 1989 until his retirement in 2004. He served in public education for thirty-one years and his tenure included assignments as a teacher, elementary principal, secondary school principal and central office administrator in Prince William County Schools, Virginia. He also served as the Director of Special Programs and Administrative Assistant in Stafford County Schools, Virginia. Dr. McCracken served as a school board member for Stafford County Schools during his employment with Principal William County Schools, Virginia.  Dr. McCracken served as the Chairmen of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory Research Board of Directors as well as Chairman of WVPEC and the New River Valley Magnet School.

While Dr. McCracken served as Superintendent of Schools in Giles County, Virginia he received numerous awards for the implementation of technology and for the development of school – community partnerships. During his tenure both high schools and two of three elementary schools were renovated. His current work at Radford University produced several published articles focused on alternative licensure for school leaders, and has lead to numerous presentations at conferences at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. McCracken is a Pennsylvania native and grew up near the home of the famous Punxsutawney Phil.  He received his doctorate in Educational Administration (1994) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), his master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1976 and 1993 respectively, and his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from California State College, Pennsylvania.