SVCC Snapshot - Al Roberts


We visit with Al Roberts, President at Southside Virginia Community College.

How long have you worked at SVCC? 

23 years

What other positions have you held at SVCC?

Counselor; Director of Campus Without Walls (Emporia); Dean of Off-Campus Instruction; Vice President for Workforce; Campus Provost

What is your favorite vacation spot?

My family beach house on Topsail Island, NC

Who was your favorite teacher, and what grade or subject did they teach?

Mrs. Susie Brown; 7th grade Social Studies

What did you want to do when you grew up?

Civil Rights Lawyer; I was going to be the next Thurgood Marshall!

What was your first job and for what company?

Summer of 1965, I sold tickets to the Community Youth Center Swimming Pool

Of what achievement are you most proud?

Raising 3 children to be self-supporting, socially concious adults

If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you eat?

My brother who passed away 4 years ago. No one enjoyed a good meal more than he did. We'd have a seafood platter with a medium rare ribeye on the side.

What is your favorite song? 

Any song from the India Arie Testimony, Vol. 1 album