Alumni Spotlight – Doug Shackelford (Class of ’76)

Doug Shackelford, Parrott Class of ‘76

Doug ShackelfordThe Class of 1976 alumni recently celebrated their 40th reunion in November, 2016.  Jo Allen, Chuck Ball, Doug Shackelford, and Nancy Sauls organized the event.  Jo Allen hosted in her home.  Hugh Pollock, our assistant headmaster, was able to catch up with Doug Shackelford, APA ’76.  Doug is the dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.  He also serves as the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation.

Doug shared some memories about his time at Parrott.

Tell us about a memorable Parrott Academy experience.Class of '76 Baseball

I really enjoyed playing sports at Parrott Academy–great coaches and teammates. One particular memory is being a member of the school’s inaugural baseball team.  In the school’s very first game, my friend and classmate, Dred Mitchell, pitched a no-hitter at Fayetteville Academy. 

How did your Parrott Academy experience prepare you for your future endeavors?

When I arrived at UNC as a freshman, I was prepared to compete academically with the very best students on campus.  Thank you, Parrott!

Tell us about one of your favorite teachers.

Emily Exum taught literature my junior and senior years.  She was as good as any teacher I’ve known at any level.  She set high expectations, pushed us to think critically, and convinced us that we could succeed.  She made learning fun.  A little bit of her is in all of my own classes.

What advice would you offer to current juniors and seniors?

These are some of the best years of your life; enjoy them.  However, never sacrifice the future for the present.  Do things today that will make the world better tomorrow.

What advice would you offer to recent Parrott alumni?

Parrott taught you how to learn.  Keep on learning.  Technology will require you to continually adapt in the 21st century.  Those who continue to learn will best adapt and thrive.

 Help us understand your current position.

I have taught taxes and business strategy at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for over 25 years.  My tax policy research has taken me around the world to meet fascinating people.  Presently, I am the school’s dean.  It is a great honor and privilege to lead our school and represent thousands of faculty, staff, students and alumni.  Much of my time is on the road, visiting alumni and companies, who support and hire our students.

What life goals have you accomplished and what do you still hope to accomplish.

Perhaps this is surprising for a business school dean, but I spend little time thinking about goals.  Instead, I try to accomplish as much as possible every day.  Professionally, it means leading our school and caring for our people.  Personally, it means loving my wife of 33 years and our four grown children.  As a Christian, it means trying to follow Jesus Christ.  I am one of those to whom much has been given; thus, much is required.  Someday, I may stop and reflect, but right now, there is too much to do.


Class of ’76.  How many do you know?