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Over the past 30 years, Richard Hooker has been a leading advocate for public education, community and civic engagement, youth development, mentoring, and leadership training. Hooker has served on the former Shelby City School Board of Education for eight years before serving as a member of the merged Cleveland County Schools Board of Education since 2004 and is the current Vice-Chairman since 2017. Throughout the years, he has continued to exude a commitment to local leadership on several initiatives related to community and education in Cleveland County through the Uptown Shelby Association and Cleveland Community College Board of Advisors, Cleveland County Chamber, and Shelby Breakfast Rotary Club (Past President). 

Notably, Hooker is an Army Veteran officer and a life member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Norfolk State University Alumni Association.

Award-Winning Leadership and Trailblazer

In 2018, Hooker was recognized as the Southeast Regional “Citizen of the Year Award” presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and is also the recipient of the 2013-2014 Raleigh Dingman Award, the highest school board recognition for educational leadership.  Mr. Hooker received the Raleigh Dingman Award for Outstanding Boardsmanship, granted annually by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). 

Facebook Live: Diversity and Inclusion In Our Schools and Communities

What does it really take to make our community reflect and supports all of its diverse needs? From administrative accountability to more BIPOC staff, Dr. Forrest Toms and Dr. Sylvia Burgess join in the conversation.