|Name Phil Kirk|
Role Political figure
|Education Catawba College|
Phillip J. (Phil) Kirk, Jr. is a North Carolina political figure. He is a former chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education (1997–2003) and a former president of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce (then known as North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, or NCCBI).
Kirk, a native of Rowan County, North Carolina and a graduate of Catawba College, worked as a newspaper reporter and taught English and journalism in public schools before entering politics. In 1970, he became the youngest person ever elected to the North Carolina Senate up to that time, representing Rowan County as a Republican. He later served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jim Broyhill, and to North Carolina Governors Jim Holshouser and James G. Martin. He served twice as North Carolina Secretary of Human Resources. Kirk also served on the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges.
In 2006, upon leaving his position at NCCBI, Kirk became Vice President of External Relations at Catawba College, where he was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees.
In 2007, Kirk was elected chairman of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.