Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service
Southern Utah University
351 West Center Street, Suite 173
Cedar City, UT 84720
Telephone (Cell): 435-704-4912
Eric Kirby is the Executive Director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service. He returned to Southern Utah University after spending several years practicing law with one of Colorado’s most respected civil litigation law firms. Mr. Kirby earned his B.A. in political science with a minor in business management at SUU.
Upon graduating from SUU, Mr. Kirby interned with U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. He then went on to obtain his Master’s of Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Denver. While in Denver, Mr. Kirby clerked with U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer and successfully passed the Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming bar exams.
Mr. Kirby is a three-time recipient of the "Legal Rising Star" award and was recently selected as SUU's Advisor of the Year (2012-13) and received SUU's "Commitment to Excellence" award (2013-14). In his first two years directing the Leavitt Center for Politics, the Center was awarded with back-to-back "Organization of the Year" awards. Mr. Kirby continues to practice law in an of-counsel capacity, teaches as an adjunct at SUU, and serves as an Advisor of Student Governance, Development and Leadership for SUUSA.