Sworn in at the end of May 2013 as a federal employee, McClaurin is the newest faculty member to join FEI, which began in 1968 as the brainchild of President Lyndon B. Johnson. His vision was to establish an advanced study center that would increase the capacity of top civil service executives and professionals in order to improve the quality of government for the American people. Since its beginning, FEI has shepherded more than 20,000 federal executives through its executive training program. As an FEI faculty member, McClaurin will focus on leadership and diversity, crisis, and leadership for the next generation.
Since leaving her post as president of Shaw University in 2011, McClaurin has operated the consulting firm, McClaurin Solutions. Her clients have included the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon and the Minnesota African American Museum. She also provided technical assistance to the Friends of Oberlin, who succeeded in getting the historic African American Oberlin Cemetery designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.