About CALS Leadership Office

Helping People Develop Their Strengths and Realize Their Potential


The CALS Leadership Office creates and promotes an environment where the people and partners associated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are valued. We develop, cultivate and enrich their talents, skills and leadership abilities. In partnership with other CALS administrative units, the office offers programs that help students, faculty and staff members, postdocs and external stakeholders realize and develop leadership skills to enhance our state, nation and world.


The CALS Leadership Office fosters an environment that provides stakeholders with the tools and knowledge they need to realize their fullest potential as leaders.

Trusted Guidance Along the Path to Leadership 

Rhonda Sutton, Ph.D.
Director of College Leadership Programs
Patterson Hall 216, Box 7602
Phone: 919-513-7029
Email: rhonda_sutton@ncsu.edu

Dr. Rhonda Sutton is the director of the CALS Leadership Office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University where she develops and implements leadership development programs for faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders. She also provides assessments to help individuals build their self-awareness, coaching that assists individuals with challenges they face in their leadership roles, and consultation to those who want an unbiased perspective. Assessments that Dr. Sutton administers include the DISC, the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i), Strengthsfinders, Change Style Indicator (CSI) and CCL’s 360 Benchmarks survey. Dr. Sutton provides professional and personal development training with the goal of helping people develop their strengths and realize their potential.

With over 16 years of experience within a university setting, much of Dr. Sutton’s work has been at NC State, including as a director of the university’s women’s center, the first director of the university’s postdoc office, an organizational development leader and as an assistant vice provost in the former Office for Equal Opportunity. She is also a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina. Her counseling experience includes working at a college counseling center, a mental health hospital, an employee assistance program and owning a private practice.

Dr. Sutton received her B.S. in business administration from Appalachian State University and an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in counselor education from North Carolina State University.