After graduating from Emporia State University in 2007, Fulghum started at KDOT as an Accountant I.
“I like being in public service," she said. “You get to see our tax dollars put to good use.”
Fulghum was promoted through the Federal Aid Section, then was the Inventory Accountant for two years. She went to the Operations Division in 2015 as the Crew Card System Administrator and two years later, she came back to Federal Aid. She was named the Federal Review and Audit Manager in 2021, where she served until her recent promotion.
“In every position, I’ve gotten to meet and work with new people, which I really enjoy,” she said.
Fulghum will oversee three sections in Fiscal - Procurement (where processes get set up for purchasing needs), General Accounting (where all the regular bills get paid), and Federal Aid (where any project with funding dollars outside of state resources is reviewed).
“We’ve seen a lot of technology changes over the years,” Fulghum said. “Several major project systems we use have come off the main frame, which has then required new systems to be implemented.”
Fulghum said the bureau is on a good path and she is glad to be following a great leader. “I look forward to being part of the process and helping the agency move forward,” she said.
The Kansas Department of Transportation manages highway, rail, air, bike/pedestrian, and public transportation across the state.