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Bobby Allen – Distinguishing Sandhills

Bobby Allen

Adjunct Professor Bobby Allen can relate to adult learners who come to Sandhills Community College. After all, Mr. Allen, who had a bachelor’s degree, was almost 50 years old when he retired from the U.S. Army in 1993 and earned his master’s degree on the GI Bill.  

The illustrious Army career of Command Sergeants Major Allen, a Master Parachuter, included receiving the Bronze Star medal, awarded for actions during combat. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit, given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Mr. Allen was in the Army for 28, spending 17 of them at Fort Bragg in the 18th Airborne Corps.

After coming to Sandhills in 1996, Mr. Allen officially retired in 2011 but he continues to teach Sociology and likes every aspect of being on campus.

“I enjoy working with young people but I think I’m a role model for the people who are coming back to school as adults,” he says.

Mr. Allen points out that there are many military people on campus – not just students but faculty and staff, too. “Sandhills does a great job of reaching out to the many veterans in our community,” he says, adding “We kind of seek each other out. That’s how military people are.”

Mr. Allen served Sandhills as an advisor to the Minority Male Mentoring Program.  He is adamant about what Sandhills offers not only military people and adult learners but all students.

“Sandhills, in my opinion, is a jewel,” he says with conviction. “Dr. Dempsey, an ex-Navy guy, is one of the best leaders I have encountered in my life. His welcoming attitude is carried out throughout campus, making us all feel good about being here.”

Even though he’s officially retired, Mr. Allen still loves teaching. “I’ve been working since I was 14 years old. I wouldn’t know what else to do,” he says.


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