DCCC’s Kenneth Kirk Named Recipient of Martin Luther King Community Service Award
Jan 19, 2015 – Kenneth Kirk, director of student athletics and wellness at Davidson County Community College, is a 2015 recipient of the Martin Luther King Community Service Award presented by the MLK Social Action Committee of Thomasville. He received the award at the organization’s annual awards dinner and oratorical contest held Saturday night at Rich Fork Baptist Church.
Community service awards are presented annually by MLK-SAC to honor individuals who work, often behind the scenes, to enhance the quality life for their fellow citizens. Kirk was recognized for his 24 years service to DCCC students.
“Kenneth Kirk’s impact on students has been felt all across the county,” says Dr. George Jackson, MLK-SAC chairperson. “Looking at his body of work through the years in both academic counseling and athletics leadership, he has proven to be a positive role model for minority males and young adults of all backgrounds.”
Kirk says he’s excited to be selected the 2015 male recipient of the community service award.
“I don't serve the students and our community to receive awards, but I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by an organization as prestigious as the MLK-SAC,” he says. “As you grow in your own personal life, you realize that it's not all about you; it's really about helping others reach their potential so they, in turn, can reach back and continue the cycle.”
Kirk joined the Davidson staff in 1990 as an admissions recruiter and has since held positions including career counselor, Learning Assistance Center counselor and Advisement Center director. He has provided career, personal and academic counseling to students and the general public.
In 2007, Kirk accepted a leadership role in building a new athletics program at the college. In his current role as director of student athletics and wellness, he oversees women’s volleyball and men’s basketball operations. During the past eight years, DCCC athletic teams have won numerous regional and district titles and have earned berths in the NJCAA, Division III, national championship tournaments.
Kirk is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a Master of Science in human resources.
*Editor’s Note: Pictured in the photo is Kenneth Kirk, director of student athletics and wellness at DCCC and recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King Community Service Award presented by the MLK Social Action Committee.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.