About Dr. Michael W. Kirst

July 24th, 2008

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981.

Dr. Kirst received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College, his M.P.A. in government and economics from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard.

Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning and Evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Office of Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). He was a Budget Examiner in the Federal office of Budget and Management, and Associate Director of the White House Fellows. He was a program analyst for the Title I ESEA Program at its inception in 1965.

Dr. Kirst is active in several professional organizations. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. He has been a member of the National Academy of Education since 1979. He was Vice‑President of the American Educational Research Association and a commissioner of the Education Commission of the States. Kirst co-founded Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

A prolific writer, Dr. Kirst has authored ten books, including The Political Dynamics of American Education (2005). As a policy generalist, Professor Kirst has published articles on school finance politics, curriculum politics, intergovernmental relations, as well as education reform policies.

His recent book, From High School to College (2004), concerns improving student preparation for success in postsecondary education.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Dr. Kirst,

    I was wondering if you had any interest in featuring another budgeting resource on your Money Management Tips for College Students Page? Recently I published an in-depth article on the basics of budgeting. It includes calculators, spreadsheets, and tips to get started…perfect for students just starting on their financial journey.

    Last year I graduated from Western Governors University and they published my money story this week on their official website. Because I had an impact on some of my fellow WGU students, I thought that I would reach out and see if one of my financial articles could help out your students as well.

    You can find my article on retirement planning here:

    And my published money story here:

    My article might make a nice addition to your page.

  2. Dick Jung says:

    Wanting to know about and follow your blogs, Mike. Old and current. Thanks! Dick

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