As Assistant Dean, Kirk provides administrative support to the Associate Dean and Director of Extension, taking system-wide leadership in the administration of the human science programs in Extension and providing leadership in the development and implementation of various distance education and social media projects and objectives that are initiated by the Extension Administrative Team.
In his role as Director of 4-H Youth Development, Kirk provides the administrative leadership and management necessary to direct progressive and productive Extension 4-H programs in Arizona. Kirk provides statewide coordination and leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Arizona 4-H Youth Development Program. Arizona 4-H annually reaches more than 180,000 youth through 4-H clubs, school enrichment, before and after-school programs, and special interest activities. In addition, Kirk provides visionary leadership and establishes strategic directions for Arizona 4-H in cooperation with agents, specialists, leaders and youth. He also establishes relationships and develops new partnerships within and outside the University to develop interdisciplinary programs that will address youth issues. Finally, Kirk provides leadership in developing and maintaining effective teamwork among 4-H youth, volunteers and county and state professionals.