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Kirby is new director of Agricultural Institute

Barbara Kirby

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

Kirby, whose appointment was effective Jan. 1, succeeds Dr. John Cornwell, who retired at the beginning of 2007. She also continues in her role as the College's associate director of Academic Programs. In addition to that position, she holds the rank of professor.

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.

The CALS Academic Programs office provides administrative services and academic leadership for 5,124 students, including those enrolled in the Agricultural Institute associate degree programs, as well as in bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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. She came to N.C. State in 1985 as assistant professor in the Agricultural and Extension Education Department.

Among honors for her teaching and advising skills, Kirby 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.

-Natalie Hampton