Kirk has over 30 years of experience in higher education IT leadership with a focus on organizational development, strategic planning, governance, project management, employee engagement, administrative and research computing, and information security. He has successfully led IT organizations at public research institutions and a community college. At every step in his career, he has made strategic improvements to align IT operations with institutional priorities while improving services. He has successfully led changes in service delivery, organizational structure, and leadership to meet increased service needs while streamlining operations and budgets.
Prior to joining the Vantage team, Kirk was the Vice President and CIO at Portland State University where he led a nationally recognized IT organization, provided university-wide leadership, and co-chaired a successful Students First effort. His passion to see employees and students thrive drives much of his work.
Kirk is engaged professionally at a national level in organizations like Educause where he provides thought-leadership, teaches leadership development, writes articles, and speaks often about information technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems.