A well-known professor in the Faculty of Education has been named Minister of Education in the new Liberal government of Dwight Ball.
"I'm happy to serve as Minster of Education and Early Childhood Development," said Minister Kirby. "I'm looking forward to getting briefed by my officials in the Department and rolling up my sleeves as we get to work. We have many challenges ahead of us."
Minister Kirby was born in St. Lawrence and grew up in Lord's Cove. He received his B.Sc. and M. Ed from Memorial University, and completed a PhD in higher education theory and policy studies at the University of Toronto.
He has served as a senior advisor on education policy for the Ontario Public Service and is a recipient of several major awards for his work as a scholar and researcher. Minister Kirby has also been recognized for his advocacy on issues of student access and participation in college and university.
In 2011, Minister Kirby was elected to represent the district of St. John's North in the House of Assembly. He had previously held elected student union positions at both the local and national levels, including time as chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Federation of Students.