About the Shelton Leadership Center


To inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.


The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center was founded in 2002 following the retirement of General Shelton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  General Shelton continues to “give back” to his alma mater, NC State University and to help develop the next generation of values-based leaders. The Shelton Leadership Center outreach programs focus on intergenerational values based leadership development within NC State University, corporate, governmental, educational, non-profit and youth development organizations.  His values-based leadership cornerstones are honesty, integrity, diversity, compassion, and social responsibility.

The Shelton Leadership Center’s core priorities include: Integrating Values Based Leadership throughout North Carolina State University, Youth Leadership Development (pre-collegiate), Leadership Scholarships & Leadership Enrichment Experiences, and Corporate & Executive Leadership Development.


Shelton Leadership Forum: The annual Shelton Leadership Forum is a signature event focusing on inspirational values based leadership and professional development.  The Forum focuses on the importance of values-based leadership development for corporations, community agencies and public officials. Students are integrated into the audience, providing unparalleled opportunities for leadership training and career exploration.

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses: The Shelton Leadership Center has a permanent general education interdisciplinary course, SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making Models, offered to undergraduates every semester. SLC also offers graduate and undergraduate courses, which focus on values-based leadership, through the Poole College of Management, as well as other colleges across campus.

Distinguished Professorship: Dr. Brad Kirkman  is the GEN H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership in the Poole College of Management. Dr. Kirkman also serves as the department head for the Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department at the Poole College of Management. His research focuses on leadership, international management, virtual teams, and work team leadership and empowerment. Read more about Dr. Kirkman

University Advancement: Leadership is a key theme for NC State University. The Shelton Leadership Center, central University Advancement services, and development officers from the 11 colleges within NC State partner together with interested donors who wish to invest in the next generation of values-based leaders in all disciplines and colleges. These endowments include once in a lifetime leadership enrichment experiences.

Senior Leader Transformational Program: The Shelton Leadership Center partners with NC State University’s Provost’s Office, the Office of General Counsel, multiple colleges within the University, and HR Training and Organizational Development to conduct an annual executive development program for senior leaders within NC State University.  This year’s topics include 8 topics custom designed and delivered by NC State leaders that tie directly to the University’s strategic plan.


Shelton Leadership Challenge: The Shelton Leadership Challenge is our signature event for youth, collegians, and adults.  It is a intensive week-long experience for rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, in collaboration with college-age mentors and adult instructors. General Shelton’s cornerstones of values-based leadership (honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility) are integrated throughout the experience.

Project YESProject YES (Youth Extension Service) is a collaboration between the Shelton Leadership Center and the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Project YES is a national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. It focuses on providing leadership and resiliency/life skills to military children whose families have been impacted by deployments. The interns learn professional development and leaderships skills related to their career paths while working with the military families.

Customized Youth Leadership Development Programs:  We have partnered with several youth service organizations to provide youth leadership development programs focused on Gen. Shelton’s values-based leadership cornerstones. Each of these programs is customized for each organization’s unique needs. Call 919-513-0148 to learn more about how our unique programs can help your organization positively impact youth lives.


Shelton Scholars: The Shelton Leadership Center provides educational scholarships through privately funded endowments to outstanding young men and women who have demonstrated emerging strengths as leaders, and, who aspire to continue to learn, lead, and serve. The selection criteria for any Shelton Scholarship category remains constant. These criteria are determined by General Shelton and a national board of advisors.

Shelton affiliated scholars traits are: Leadership Experience and Potential, Evidence of Personal Character and Integrity, Orientation toward Community and Service, Commitment to Personal Growth, Commitment to Physical Fitness and Wellness, and Understanding of and Interest in the Program/Commitment to Maximizing the Program’s Opportunities.  Scholarships provide opportunities for international leadership experiences and domestic service opportunities incorporating the principles and practices of service-learning. Click here to apply for a Shelton Scholarship or learn more about the Shelton Scholars.

The Center also oversees career and leadership development internship programs of college students conducting engaged scholarship in domestic and international locations. The Center is involved in the recruitment and support of faculty and community mentors for students.


The Shelton Leadership Center delivers customized and tailored corporate and executive leadership development for key individuals or teams based upon General Shelton’s five cornerstones of Values Based Leadership. We have distilled the vast body of knowledge and lessons of General Shelton and his success in both the military and business worlds to share practical lessons for values based leaders at multiple levels of experience, ranging from the early career professional to the seasoned executive.

The Center also partners with the Poole College of Management’s Executive Education team to deliver customized high impact, research based, and practical executive education. Click here to learn more.

Call 919-513-0148 to discuss how our mission of “To inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service” can help your organization achieve your mission and organizational goals.