Chief of staff for two North Carolina governors and a U.S. senator, two-time chief of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources, the youngest state senator in North Carolina history at the time of his election, 16-year leader of the state’s chamber of commerce. He shared his assessments of those governors earlier this year during a presentation for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Kirk discussed the same topic with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.
Tonight Phil Kirk will be coming to East Carolina University to speak as a part of the Leadership Lecture Series hosted by the ECU Honors College.
Kirk is a political figure in North Carolina who has held many positions on boards and committees at universities and colleges in North Carolina and was the youngest person ever selected to the North Carolina Senate.
The front-page news story “ Tree.com payouts to McCrory questioned” on a stock payout to Gov. Pat McCrory is a new all-time low and smacks of biased reporting by The Associated Press. The headline and questionable sources seek to raise questions about the governor’s integrity for accepting money for work rendered before he was elected. The stock payout is 100 percent legal and acceptable per company policy.
Art Pope is to be commended for his many years of public service, especially for his 20 months as the state’s budget director.
When Gov. Pat McCrory wisely persuaded Art to assume the most important appointive position in state government, several asked my opinion, probably thinking I would be critical. I responded each time that the governor could not have found anyone who knew the budget, state government and the legislative process better. This was especially important because of the administration’s lack of experience in state government.
Catawba College Alumnus Phil Kirk ’67 was one of six individuals honored with the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, in a ceremony held Nov. 21 in Durham. Kirk, a native of Rowan County who now makes his home in Raleigh, received the award for public service.
I am practically libertarian on limits on public service. Think it is good government for top legislative leaders to voluntarily limit themselves to two terms;however if their members want them to serve longer, they should have that right. Senate and House leaders must have same rules. Sen Sam Ervin once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to gubernatorial succession. I worked for two Governors, one could not succeed himself and other could. No comparison.
Phil Kirk has amassed a wealth of contacts as chief of staff for two former governors, head of the state’s chamber of commerce and as a leader of North Carolina’s public schools.
Greensboro-based Brady Services aims to leverage that experience as it builds its energy services business, a division that works with private businesses and public entities to create energy savings in buildings.
Phil Kirk, vice president of external relations for Catawba College and chairman emeritus of the State Board of Education, has been elected chair-elect of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. He will succeed Sen. Katie Dorsett of Guilford County as chair of the Raleigh-based organization.
The Public School Forum of North Carolina was organized more than 20 years ago to work for the improvement of public schools in the state. The board of directors is composed of representatives from business, education and government.
CARY – Usually, it’s a good thing when former governors, a former U.S. senator and some of the richest people in the state show up to an event held in your honor. But things get decidedly dicier when those folks are there to publicly humiliate you in front of family and friends.
Phil Kirk: A Life Lived Full
Throughout his career, Phil Kirk has challenged and persevered his way to the top of educational and political institutions. Not only was Kirk chief of staff to two governors and a U.S. Senator, but in 1970 he was elected as the youngest state senator in North Carolina history. After leaving government, Kirk was named president of the North Carolina Chamber, formerly known as N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry, was publisher of North Carolina Magazine and named one of the top 25 lobbyists in the state.