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New Director Named for N.C. State's Agricultural Institute

January 12, 2007

Media Contact: Dr. Barbara M. Kirby, 919.515.2614 or

Dr. Barbara M. Kirby has been named director of the Agricultural Institute in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Kirby, whose appointment was effective Jan. 1, will continue in her current role as the college's associate director of Academic Programs. The Academic Programs office provides administrative services and academic leadership for 5,124 students, including two-year associate degree, four-year bachelor degree, master's and PhD/doctorate degree students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Kirby succeeds Dr. John Cornwell, who retired at the end of 2006. Kirby came to N.C. State in 1985 as assistant professor in the Agricultural and Extension Education Department. In addition to her position with academic programs, she holds the rank of professor.

Kirby earned bachelor's and master's of science degrees at The Ohio State University and a doctorate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before coming to N.C. State, Kirby was on the faculty at The Ohio State University and served as a high school teacher in Ashland, Ohio.

Kirby has been honored for her teaching and advising skills. She was named to N.C. State's Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 1997 and 1989 and was the college's 2005 nominee for N.C. State's Outstanding Administrative Adviser. She was recognized as an Outstanding Teacher for the College of Education and Psychology in 1989.

Kirby received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Association for Agricultural Education, Southern Region, in 1995. She also was named a 1995 Teacher Fellow by the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

The Agricultural Institute is the United States' largest associate-degree-granting program at a four-year institution offering agricultural degrees. The institute offers 10 degree tracts and has an enrollment of 376 students. Faculty members in 11 academic departments provide instruction to institute students.

- Natalie Hampton, or 919.513.3128 -

Posted by Dave at January 12, 2007 09:48 AM