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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture SDC Newsletter – Spring 2013

Professor and Alum Max Kirk Returns the Favor

“WSU is the cornerstone of my life.”

By Alyssa Patrick, Communications Intern

Max Kirk and his wife EvelynAssociate professor of construction management Max Kirk has a long history with WSU, and now he is planning to leave a legacy as well.

He and his wife Evelyn are giving an estate gift to support the construction management program.

“WSU is the cornerstone of my life. If it wasn’t for the professors who mentored me as an undergraduate, I wouldn’t be sitting here today. Giving back is paramount for me,” Kirk said.

Max and Evelyn met as undergraduates at WSU in 1974. Evelyn earned a degree in communication disorders, and Max earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management in 1977. He then entered the workforce as a project manager and estimator in the Pacific Northwest. After eight years in the industry, he started on the path towards education, teaching at Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska and, ultimately, returning to WSU as a professor in 2001.

“Teaching at WSU was my first way of giving back. I had such good mentors when I went to school here, that I wanted to be that person for other students, to teach what I have learned over the years,” Kirk said.

Now he is the School of Design and Construction assistant director and construction management program coordinator.

“I have taught and guest-lectured at other universities, and WSU has more vitality than most of them,” said Kirk. “In these hard financial times, I’m glad to be able to leave behind an estate gift that will help the future of WSU long after I’m gone.”

The Kirks’ support is part of the Campaign for WSU. Since July 2006, the campaign has raised $776.5 million toward a goal of $1 billion to increase support for WSU’s students, faculty, research, and programs and to leverage the University’s impact across the state, nation, and world. To find out how you can make a difference, contact Bridget Pilcher, Director of Development, 509-335-0144,