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About the Biography Project Team


Senior Education Policy Reviewer

Martin Orland (Marty), Ph.D. (Syracuse University) Senior Fellow and Vice President, Education, with the Manhattan Strategy Institute

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Digital Archives Manager

Donald Jung (Don), Ph.D. (Purdue University) Emeritus Professor of Mass Communication in the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University


Website & Multimedia Design Coordinator

Elizabeth Weaver (Liz), B.F.A., Graphic Design and Communications (Barton College) Owner and Marketing Strategist at Paprika Creative

Michael Kirst's Book Collection in the Library of Congress
Dr. Michael Kirst's Book Collection in the Library of Congress.

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About the Project

The purpose of this biography project is to make a fascinating man’s life and accomplishments come alive. Dr. Michael W. Kirst, while recognized in influential academic and policy circles, is generally unknown to those most actively engaged in American education in the trenches of the nation’s classrooms and local boardrooms, including teachers, principals, and school district leaders.

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About the Author

Dick Jung first met Dr. Michael W. Kirst four decades ago. Mike, then Professor in the Schools of Education and Business, was completing his first year as President of California’s State Board of Education. During Jerry Brown’s first term as Governor, as Mike tacked between Palo Alto and Sacramento, Dick served as the Teaching Assistant for Mike’s Stanford “Politics of Education” course.

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About the Team

Dick is supported by a project team of content, digital research, and online experts that includes a senior education policy reviewer, a digital archives manager, and a website and multimedia design coordinator.

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