Barbara Mulkey

Barbara Mulkey, Director of the Shelton Leadership CenterDirector, Shelton Leadership Center

Barbara Mulkey is Director of the Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University. In this role, Mulkey helps fulfill the Center’s mission to develop the next generation of values-based leaders. 

Prior to joining NC State, Mulkey’s career was in the field of civil and structural engineering. In 1993 she founded Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, Inc., an engineering consulting firm specializing in engineering and related services for both the public and private sectors. The company made the list of Top 500 Engineering Companies nationally multiple times under her leadership. Today she is heralded as one of the most respected transportation experts in the state, as evidenced by her induction into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame. 

Mulkey has served as the chair of NC State’s Board of Trustees and as vice chair of the university’s Board of Visitors. She has also served in multiple roles with the premier organization that represents engineering companies, The American Council of Engineering Companies, including President of the Board of Directors for the state organization and National Director. In addition, she was named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mulkey currently serves as a member of the Research Triangle Foundation Board of Directors, and also serves as Chair of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. Board. She received her Bachelor of Science and her master’s degree in civil engineering from NC State.