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Kim Kirkman

Regional Development Director—Southeastern States

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Kim Kirkman

Regional Development Director—Southeastern States


  • EdD, Educational Leadership, Harding University (2022)
  • MEd, Reading, Harding University (1989)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Harding University (1987)


Kim Kirkman is a Regional Director of Development in the southeastern states. She previously served as the Executive Director for the American Studies Institute (ASI) at Harding University. Under her leadership, she planned and coordinated all aspects of the Distinguished Lecture Series, cultivated donors for ASI and aligned donor interests to program needs, established an endowment to perpetuate the original lecture series founding principles, and developed a National American Studies Institute board of directors. She developed the leadership with the ASI Scholars and worked directly with the group as a mentor. She has taught courses in developmental literacy, English as a second language, and Finding Your Calling at the college level and English and journalism in middle and high school.
She is an avid reader, loves to travel and experience new cultures. She enjoys learning about other people and connecting through Enneagram type or Strengths Finder. Both of these tools give language to our strengths and tendencies and are helpful when relating to others.

Kim has been married to her college sweetheart, Brett, for over 35 years and has four adult children. Conor and his wife Alyssa live in Seattle, WA, Anna-Grace and her husband Josh live in Rogers, AR, Mary-Margaret and her husband Landon live in Dallas, TX, and Everett Belle is finishing her senior year of college in Searcy, AR. They are all involved in their church communities where they live. Kim and Brett have welcomed the first two grandchildren this year and have enjoyed having little ones in the family again. Kim has an English Springer Spaniel, Rosie the Riveter, and lives in Searcy, AR with her husband, Brett.

Kim met Dr. Michael Lindsay in the spring of 2021 right before he was named President of Taylor University. Kim was impressed with his leadership and strategic plan for providing excellent, Christ-centered higher education. When there was an opportunity for her to join the Advancement team, she accepted the challenge. After praying this year for opportunities in her career development, this was an unexpected opportunity. Her verse for 2021 is Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” God had much bigger opportunity for her at Taylor University than she could have imagined back in January when she began praying this prayer of discernment.

Kim is in the process of earning her EdD, and her dissertation title is "Perceptions of mentor relationships by gender for students in a private liberal arts university." Kim would love to chat about it or about research that you are doing.