James E. McClelland, Jr.

James McClelland Jr


James E. McClelland, Jr.

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Owner & CEO
McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc.

James “Jim” E. McClelland Jr.
grew up in Fayetteville and
graduated in 1967 with
a Bachelor’s degree
in Civil Engineering.

McClelland worked during college for four different
engineering firms: John Mahaffy & Associates, McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, (Uncle Bram McClelland’s firm), his dad’s company and Mehlburger Engineers.

He learned about donating scholarships his senior year
as president of the ASCE chapter when he helped select a
student for a scholarship given in honor of a former student.

After college, McClelland worked for 10 years for
Mehlburger Engineers and encouraged the Mehlburgers to
extend a scholarship to senior engineering students at the
University of Arkansas.

In 1977, he opened the office of McClelland Consulting
Engineers in Little Rock, Arkansas, which today is the home
office for the company. The Little Rock office operates in
all areas of the state except N 10 orthwest Arkansas, providing
Jr. civil, environmental, surveying and water testing services
to municipal governments, state and federal governments,
developers, and private companies. McClelland has directed
hundreds of engineering projects that have improved the
living conditions and are all intended to follow the company
slogan “designed to serve.”

Over the years, McClelland has provided civic leadership
by serving and leading many local and state organizations,
including the Arkansas Board of Registration for
Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the Arkansas
Health Department Board of Directors, the Arkansas
Society of Professional Engineers, the Arkansas Heart
Association, the Little Rock Engineers Club, the Old
State House Museum Association, and he has served on
the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of
Directors, the Pulaski County Junction Bridge Facilities
Board of Directors, and the University of Arkansas Alumni
Association’s Board of Directors.

McClelland also had a huge hand in making Grady E.
Harvell Civil Engineering Research and Education Center
a reality. The 37,400-square-foot state of the art facility
opened in July and provides space for 15 faculty members
and 75 students to conduct research on a large-scale.

Plus, on September 10, 2021, Jim McClelland and his wife,
Pat, were recognized as Chancellor’s Medal recipients at
the Towers of Old Main event for giving $100,000 + to
the university.