Duke Leadership Academy Scholars Profile
Title: Assoc Dean of Communications & Marketing
Senior Management Area: Sanford School of Public Policy
Class Year: 2022
Kirsten Khire is the Associate Dean of Communications & Marketing at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, where is part of the Senior Leadership Group of the school. She has significant experience in management, internal communications, external communications, media relations, marketing, and event planning, with many accomplishments in brand building, fundraising communications, student recruitment and donor relations. Previously, Khire served as executive director of external relations of the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. Prior to her leadership role in the UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business, Khire was Head of communications for the research organization Bioversity International, based in Rome, Italy. She also served for 10 years at Michigan State University as Director of Communications for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and Director of Communications for the National
Food Safety & Toxicology Center at MSU. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist at several newspapers in Florida and an editor for an international magazine.
Khire holds bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in Technology and Communication (Digital Communication) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has local and district level PRSA leadership experience.