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Co-Founder, Trainer & Consultant

Dr. Eric Kirby


Dr. Eric Kirby is an Assistant Professor of Management, Leadership, and Business Law in the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business at Southern Utah University. Prior to this role, Dr. Kirby served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Utah University, where he led important campus retention, completion, and student success initiatives, as well as directly oversaw a number of units on campus directly related to this effort.


Dr. Kirby holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University, a Master’s degree in Administration and a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Global Leadership from the College of Business at Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech).  Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Kirby practiced law for nearly a decade. His research interests include innovative and unique retention and completion practices, leadership development, and the success of marginalized student populations (with a particular focus on Native American students).


Dr. Kirby is a founding partner of Tippets & Kirby Consulting, LLC, and is regularly invited to give presentations, workshops, and consult with various organizations across the nation on leadership development, managing generational differences (in particular Gen Z), management/leadership strategies, organizational restructure, employee retention, and shifting business culture. Dr. Kirby is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for scholastic excellence, distinguished advising and mentoring, Board of Trustees award for excellence, achievement in experiential learning, distinguished integration, distinguished service awards, and for being a campus influencer.

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