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Press Release Category Society - Education - Articulon Release Date: June 27, 2008

Phil Kirk Named Chair of North Carolina Public School Forum

By Articulon
June 27, 2008
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Phil Kirk has been named the sixth chair of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Kirk will become the organization's volunteer leader.

PR9.NET June 27, 2008 - RALEIGH, N.C. – Phil Kirk, vice president for external relations at Catawba College and longtime state education leader, has been named the sixth chair of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, a not-for-profit policy think tank that has made significant contributions to the advancement of North Carolina schools. Kirk will become the organization's volunteer leader on July 1, succeeding N.C. Sen. Katie Dorsett.

Kirk served six years as chairman of the State Board of Education and five years as vice-chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges. He also was the president and CEO of the former North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI), now known as the N.C. Chamber.

"I am excited about this opportunity to continue to influence public education policies," Kirk said. "We need to provide a seamless system of education across all systems and institutions. The Public School Forum has a history of providing leadership on key educational issues, and I intend to advance the Forum in the role. Everything we do should be based on what is best for the students, even if we have to take unpopular positions."

The Public School Forum of North Carolina is composed of approximately 45 representatives from elementary, middle and high schools; public and private colleges and universities; community colleges; elected officials; nonprofit educational groups; and the business community. The Forum remains committed to educational excellence and works together to make North Carolina 's public schools second to none.

"The Forum has been blessed with strong leaders who are passionate about giving all of North Carolina 's young people a decent education," said John Dornan, executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. "We have worked closely with Phil Kirk throughout his career including in his capacity as chair of the State Board of Education and in his role as president of NCCBI. During that time, Phil was tireless in his advocacy for education, heading up major bond initiatives and leading the implementation of the state's ABCs accountability program. He is known and respected by elected officials, business leaders and educators, and will continue the Forum's tradition of strong, caring board chairs."

Previous Forum chairs include: former N.C. Sen. Gerry Hancock; former state Transportation Secretary and Mayor of Raleigh and Baldhead Island Tom Bradshaw; President of the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center Sam Houston; and former Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Executive Director Tom Lambeth.

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Based in Raleigh, Articulon serves as a boutique marketing communications, design and public relations firm dedicated to putting a voice to the value of small- to mid-sized companies. Inspired to gain results, Articulon helps clients to break through the abundance of noise with a brand and a focused message that creates a connection with an audience. Far beyond traditional, Articulon’s client campaigns are characterized by their responsiveness, creativity and commercial intelligence. Work has been completed for emerging brands and fortune 500 organizations including: Panera Bread, AKC, Defond North America, The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina, WCPE-, Helms Mulliss Wicker, HumanCentric Technologies, Sustainable North Carolina, McDonald’s Corporation and Saks Fifth Ave. Visit or call (919) 232-5008.

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