Ex-N.C. education chairman to lead advocacy group

Posted June 27, 2008 12:35 p.m. EDT

— Phil Kirk, a former chairman of the State Board of Education, has been named the sixth chairman of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, succeeding state Sen. Katie Dorsett, D-Guilford.

The Public School Forum is a not-for-profit policy think tank that works for educational excellence in North Carolina. About 45 elected officials and representatives of public schools, colleges, nonprofit educational groups and the business community comprise the organization.

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 chief executive of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, now known as the N.C. Chamber.

"I am excited about this opportunity to continue to influence public education policies," Kirk said in a statement. "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."