Barbara Mulkey to Lead Center

The General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, housed at NC State University, is pleased to welcome Barbara H. Mulkey, PE, who has been selected as its new Director following a nationwide search.

Barbara’s background leading a company and her commitment to enhancing education in NC uniquely positions her to assume the role of Director. Barbara is known for her role as the Founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants in 1993, from which she retired a year ago. During her roles as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Barbara provided the leadership under which Mulkey grew from a one-person home office to a Top 500 engineering company nationally.

Barbara has been an active supporter of her profession through numerous leadership roles such as President and National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of NC, and her activities with the American Society of Civil Engineers, which named her a Fellow.

Her passion for education and improving the quality of life throughout North Carolina is evident through her many years of service on boards such as the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, the NC State Engineering Foundation, and the NC State Board of Trustees, which she chaired for two years. Currently, Barbara serves on the Research Triangle Foundation Board, and chairs the Triangle Universities Center for Academic Studies (TUCASI).

Responding to the question of why she chose this particular position at this time, Barbara replied, “I didn’t foresee beginning another career. But when this opportunity came along, I saw that this was an opportunity to work full time with an organization whose mission is so similar to my own personal mission. Working under the leadership of a man like General Shelton to promote values-based leadership throughout the University and the world, with the incredible resources of NC State faculty and staff, is not something I could pass up. I wake up each morning energized and excited about working with my colleagues in a culture of excellence and ethics.”

Barbara’s immediate goals will be to update the long range plan for the Center and to enhance the marketing and branding strategy to make a larger audience aware of the many programs offered by the Center, which include summer leadership camps for high schoolers, internships and scholarship for college students, and courses and other curricula for students and organization a management an leadership.