Judson VP earns national recognition at NABEP conference
Kevin Kirk, Judson College’s Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, recently earned national recognition for his work as an enrollment leader at the summer conference of the National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals (NABEP).
Organized nearly two decades ago, NABEP supports enrollment officials at twenty Southern Baptist institutions across the nation. Kirk received the Trent Argo Service Award at the NABEP July meeting on Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus. NABEP created the award to honor the memory of Trent Argo, vice president for enrollment management at Virginia’s Bluefield College, who passed away unexpectedly in April 2017.
NABEP past president Will Brantley, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Hannibal-LaGrange University, explained that NABEP leaders select an Argo award recipient from a pool of nominations, and that they look for a recipient whose collegiality, Christian leadership, and kindness echo the legacy of Trent Argo.
Brent Burks, director of admissions & recruiting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, said that Kirk “exemplifies the very same traits that [Argo] did during his tenure in higher education.” “Kevin is a fine example of a Christian man who leads with his heart,” said Burks. “Kevin is a hard worker and is passionate about Christian higher education. His dedication is admirable, and I am honored to call Kevin a dear friend.”
Mark Hughes, president of Clark higher ed and past recipient of the Argo award, said, “Kevin is faithful and diligent as he serves his institution, his colleagues, and his family. Most importantly, these attributes are evident in his love for students.”
“I can think of no one better to be the recipient of this year’s Trent Argo Service Award,” Brantley said. “Kevin Kirk is a man after God’s heart. First and foremost, he seeks to love and serve the Lord in every aspect of his life. Second, he loves his family and leads them as Christ loves and leads the church. And finally, he has dedicated his life to serving Baptist, Christian higher education through admissions. He is a great friend and encourager to all of us in the NABEP circle…His life is an example of what Christian service should look like.”
For more information on the National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals, visit nabep.org.
Congratulations, Mr. Kirk!