Dr. Shelby has a long and distinguished career of her own. She also has a history of supporting the arts, having served on the Board of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in speech from the University of Alabama in 1960 and 1962, respectively. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in speech from Louisiana State University in 1973.
Dr. Shelby was the first woman to become a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of business. In 1991, she was named Professor Emerita. She also has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the Helsinki School of Economics. She has been director of both the Georgetown graduate and undergraduate programs at Oxford University.
She has received the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, the Danforth Association Program Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence, and the University of Alabama’s Julia and Henry Tutweiler Award.
Shelby has held fundraising responsibilities for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington. She also has worked on behalf of the March of Dimes in Washington and been a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Honorary Advisory Board for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Women 2000 Advisory Committee.
Additionally, she has been an active member of the Tuscaloosa County Mental Health Board, the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Board of Advisors, the Stillman College Board of Trustees and the University of Alabama President’s Advisory Board.