Saturday, October 16, 2021


William W. Kirk has been named Vice President for Student Affairs and General Counsel at Ave Maria University. The position was announced by Ave Maria University President Jim Towey.

Kirk comes to Ave Maria from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a national interdisciplinary firm of architects, engineers and materials scientists where he was Director of Administration and Corporate Counsel. Previously, Kirk was Associate Vice President for Residence Life at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the student affairs senior leadership team.  He brings to Ave Maria University over 20 years of experience in higher education.  At Notre Dame, Kirk supervised the Office of Residence Life and Housing, as well as the Security Police Department and his duties included day-to-day operational oversight of Notre Dame’s more than thirty undergraduate and graduate residence facilities, development and administration of the University discipline process, and executive-level response and coordination for University emergencies and crises.

“We are very fortunate to have a man of Bill’s qualifications, experience, and devotion to Catholic higher education and advancement of our mission,” said Towey. “He is among the best in America in student affairs. During his time in South Bend he was respected by students, colleagues, and trustees alike, and was a popular assistant professor of accountancy, teaching business law for 17 years in the Mendoza College of Business. We are incredibly fortunate to have him join our senior leadership team.”

Kirk received his undergraduate degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree Notre Dame Law School.

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