Leadership & Administration

Staff Debbie Acker Director

Staff Tiffany McLean Associate Director

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Staff Cindy Maciejewski Executive Assistant

College Programs

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Staff Tiffany Karalis Noel Assistant Director for Outreach

Pre-College Programs

Staff Parker Watson Assistant Director for Pre-College Programs & First Year Experiences

Assistant Director for Pre-College Programs & First Year Experiences


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Marketing & Communications


Social Media Intern – Lily Wilson

Graphic Design Intern – Megan Mersch

Web Content Intern – Jada Strickland

Finance Intern – Beth Choy

Distinguished Professors

Bradley L. Kirkman

Bradley L. Kirkman is the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership in the Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research focuses on leadership, international management, remote and hybrid work, and work team leadership and empowerment. He was formerly the Foreman R. and Ruby Bennett Endowed Chair in Business Administration in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He has also worked in the Scheller College of Management at The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has held visiting professor positions in the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Western Australia in 2006 and the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Jason Bocarro Distinguished Professor

Dr. Jason Bocarro

Dr. Jason Bocarro is the Owens-Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership with a Global Perspective and the James Buzzard Leadership Program Director in the College of Natural Resources. He is also a University Faculty Scholar, an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, awarded in recognition of distinguished service in support of undergraduate teaching and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Extension and Engagement.  Dr. Bocarro’s research focuses on the relationship between the built environment, public spaces and human health and in 2011, he was one of 5 researchers in the U.S. to be awarded a policy translation grant from RWJF in recognition of research that has the potential to change public policy. Globally, Dr. Bocarro has spent the last 10 years leading multinational research teams examining the impact of Mega Sporting Events can be leveraged to positively impact communities and is the co-author of the book Legacies of Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales.  He has been a visiting scholar at universities in the UK, Germany, and South Africa. Dr. Bocarro is also the Executive Education Director for the British American Business Council designed to build on the close professional, business, and cultural relationships between the United States and the United Kingdom and to act as a catalyst to help maintain and further strengthen the strong and lasting trade partnerships between these two countries.

General’s Cabinet

The General’s Cabinet is responsible for advising the executive leadership of the Center and assisting with sustainable funding efforts. Members of the cabinet have personally given, or represent an organization that has given, a major financial gift to the SLC.


  • Mr. Jeff Shelton, Mesa, Arizona
  • Mr. Jack Jordan, Jordan Lumber Company, Mt. Gilead, NC
  • Mr. Kent Pritchett, Red Hat, Raleigh, NC
  • Ms. Susan Ward, Raleigh, NC
  • Mr. Woody Sessoms, Cisco (Retired), Charlotte, NC

Lifetime Members

  • General H. Hugh Shelton, USA, (Retired), Executive Director, Newport, NC
  • Mrs. Carolyn Shelton, Newport, NC

Ex-Officio Members

  • Dr. Debbie Reno Acker, Director, Shelton Leadership Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Tim Young, Director of Development, Shelton Leadership Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors counsel the executive leadership, help guide the strategic planning of the Center, assist in sustainable funding efforts, and support the initiatives of the SLC. Members of the board represent various professional sectors and are committed to the mission and success of the SLC.

Board Members

  • General H. Hugh Shelton, USA, (Retired), Lifetime Member, Newport, NC
  • Mrs. Carolyn Shelton, Newport, NC
  • Mr. Jeff Shelton, Honeywell, Mesa, Arizona
  • Ms. Gayle Lanier, Chair, Duke Energy (Retired), Raleigh, NC
  • Mrs. DeLisa Alexander, Vice Chair, Syncheron, Qlik, Sophas, Red Hat (Retired), Raleigh, NC
  • Mr. Joe Anglim, Red Hat, Inc., Cary, NC
  • Mr. Otto Breitschwerdt, 2nd Vice Chair, Caterpillar Inc., Cary, NC
  • Mrs. Becky Bumgardner, Armstrong McGuire, Ocala, FL
  • Mr. Edward T. Carney, WhiteStar Communications Inc, Cary, NC
  • Mr. Michael Cunningham, Trailing Seas Institute, Cary, NC
  • Mr. Kendall Hamm, Captain, US Army, Apex, NC
  • Mr. Nate Hartley, Cisco, Apex, NC
  • Mr. David Hays, Legacy Solutions, LLC, Fayetteville, NC
  • Mr. Mel King, Highmark Companies, LLC, Cary, NC
  • Ms. Susan LaSalla, The Today Show (Retired), Raleigh, NC
  • Ms. Jana Locklear, NC State Student Representative, College of Humanities
  • Mr. Ed Paradise, Cisco, Durham, NC
  • Ms. Kaitlyn Pennington, American Red Cross, Franklin, NC
  • Mr. Cordell Riley, Biggby Coffee, Charlotte, NC
  • Mr. Jon Rufty, Rufty Homes, Raleigh, NC
  • Mr. Woody Sessoms, Past Chair, Graphient, Inc., Cisco (Retired), Belmont, NC
  • Ms. Eugenia (Genie) Ussery, Bluffton, NC
  • Ms. Susan Ward, Raleigh, NC
  • Mr. Basile (Whit) Whitaker, Quality Biological Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Mr. John Wolf, Wolfspeed, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Ex-Officio Members

  • Dr. Debbie Reno Acker, Director, Shelton Leadership Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Dr. Jason Bocarro, Shelton-Owens Distinguished Professor, College of Natural Resources, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Dr. Rob Dunn, Executive Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost, University Interdisciplinary Programs 
  • Tim Young, Director of Development, Shelton Leadership Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Tiffany McLean, Senior Associate Director, Shelton Leadership Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Emeritus Members

  • Col. J. Quincy Collins, Jr., USAF (Retired), NAI Southern Real Estate, Charlotte, NC
  • Mr. Paul W. Martin, Jr., Clarity Resources, LLC, Knoxville, TN

Honorary Lifetime Members

  • Ms. Connie Stevens, Connie Stevens Garden Sanctuary Day Spa, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Mr. Fred Thomas, Pinch a Penny Pools and Spas, Clearwater, FL