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Eric Kirby - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Eric Kirby Eric Kirby

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Completion & Student Success | Southern Utah University


Specializing in student retention, completion and success



Dr. Eric Kirby serves as assistant vice president for student affairs at Southern Utah University. In this role, he leads campus retention, completion, and student success initiatives, as well as directly overseeing various student success programs.

Dr. Kirby’s oversight of programs includes academic advising, career and professional development, orientation and first-year experience, parent and family services, student support services (TRiO) and the ACES, a peer-mentoring program.

An SUU alumnus, Dr. Kirby earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Southern Utah University. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in administration at University of Denver, a juris doctor degree in law at University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in global leadership and academic administration at Indiana Tech. He is licensed to practice law in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, and has been recognized as a five-time Legal Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.





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Eric Kirby and Heather Garcia students professors appreciation SUU Intentional Connections ConnectED: Dr. Eric Kirby, Southern Utah University, The Tavi Way to Student Success


Industry Expertise (4)

Education/Learning Research Legal Services Management Consulting

Areas of Expertise (12)

Administration in Higher Education Civil Litigation Constitutional Law Event Planning & Management First Year Experience, Higher Education Public Speaking & Presentation Political Science Student Athlete Success Strategies Student Completion Student Retention Student Retention in Higher Education Student Success Strategies

Accomplishments (5)

Commitment to Excellence (professional)

Southern Utah University Thunderbird Award

Five-time Legal Rising Star

Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers

Board of Trustees Award of Excellence


Advisor of the Year (professional)

Southern Utah University

Outstanding Mentor (professional)

Southern Utah University

Education (4)

Southern Utah University: B.S., Political Science

University of Denver: M.S., Administration

University of Denver: J.D., Law

Indiana Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Global Leadership and Academic Administration

Languages (1)

  • Spanish

Media Appearances (4)

Utah Court of Appeals visits SUU

The Spectrum  online


This is the second time the Court of Appeals has come to the university and the sixth time to Cedar City to hear oral arguments.

Eric Kirby, executive director of completion and student success at SUU, said the proceedings gave students an in-depth look at Utah’s court system.

“This will provide an education opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to give them a unique perspective on our justice system,” Kirby said.

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Utah Intercollegiate Legislature gives students hands-on experience

Higher Ed Utah  online


Twenty-two students from across the state convened in the Senate Building at the Capitol Complex for the inaugural Utah Intercollegiate Legislature (UIL) on Thursday, March 26 & Friday, March 27, 2015. Drawn from the most recent class of legislative interns and student leadership at participating campuses, UIL students participated in a day and a half long legislative simulation of the Utah State Senate. UIL delegates were encouraged to submit bills that were added to a reading calendar, considered in committees, and debated on the floor. Topics of UIL bills ranged from concealed carry provisions to air quality amendments and exploring the expansion of the Frontrunner.

Bucknam and Eric Kirby, Director of the SUU Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service, participated in a similar program as undergraduates at USHE institutions in the 1990s and felt strongly this was an opportunity that needed to be restored, particularly as youth engagement with government and voting declines.

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Stewart, Robles have a lot in common in first congressional debate

Deseret News  online


Eric Kirby, executive director at SUU's Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service, called the debate a success for both Stewart, who is pursuing a second term in Congress, and Robles, who has served in the Utah Legislature since 2008. Both parties "played it safe" as they gave polite, comprehensive answers, he said.

Safe answers, however, may hurt Robles in the long run. In talking with the crowd after the debate, Kirby found many didn't think the Democrat did enough to distinguish herself.

"From an analytical standpoint, I think Sen. Robles will have to continue to try and show how she is unique for this position and how her views are separate and different enough from Rep. Stewart's on some of these big issues," Kirby said.

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Alumni Spotlight: Eric Kirby

SUU Alumni Association  online


Eric Kirby (’03, Political Science) is an attorney at Murphy Decker Hensen & Cook-Olson, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. His education at Southern Utah University taught him that with hard work and dedication he could accomplish his goals.

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Courses (6)

UNIV 1020 Strategies for Success

This variable topics course explores subjects geared toward student success. Sample topics include career exploration, job search preparation, exploring vocabulary development, and in-depth academic skill development.

UNIV 1020 Peer Leadership Skills

This course was designed for orientation leaders to develop the new orientation system, Thunder Academy, peer-to-peer mentoring skills, and leadership/professional development.

UNIV 1050 College Student Success

This course focuses on student success through systematic exploration of values and skills that will assist student in becoming successful in their academic endeavors. It is designed to help launch students’ university careers successfully and to equip students with tools and abilities to increase their career and academic skills.

UNIV 1057 Student-Athlete College Success

This course provides SUU student-athletes with valuable knowledge and tools that will aid in their transition from high school to college. This course will focus on initiatives of the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Affairs Department, including: Academic Development, Personal Development, Service Development, and Career Development.

UNIV 4920 Leadership & Professional Development

This course introduces students to various leadership philosophies and professional development techniques and strategies to help prepare students to succeed in the professional world as interns, employees, and leaders.

UNIV 4920 State Legislature and Leadership

The purpose of this course was to introduce students to emerging leadership philosophies, trends, and managerial issues that they will confront as future leaders. Also, aspects of professional development techniques and strategies were discussed to help prepare students to succeed in the professional world.