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Posted Nov 9, 2009

Kirk Heads APT Education Division

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Cindy Formanek Kirk, Ph.D., a respected Birmingham education professional, has joined Alabama Public Television (APT) as Vice President of Educational Services. Kirk, who spent the past 28 years with Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) overseeing continuing education, is now responsible for all services provided by the fastest-growing division of Alabamaís educational network. Falling under her supervision are APTís Early Childhood initiatives, its online services for teachers, parents and students, and all APTís statewide educational outreach activities. Allan Pizzato, executive director of Alabama Public Television said, ďDr. Cindy Kirk brings a long and stellar educational background to APT at a time when we are seeing exploding growth in utilization of APTís Web-based new media content by pre-K through high school teachers. Her education and management expertise along with her deep commitment to improving our educational system will serve to further that growth and increase our impact on improving the quality of education throughout the state.Ē A native of Garner, Iowa, Kirk earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and her masterís degree in Family Development from the University of Iowa. She earned a doctorate in Early Childhood Education and Development from UAB in 1999. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Samford University Brock School of Business. Kirkís community involvement is extensive, including current commitments as Chair of a United Way of Central Alabama Visiting Allocation Team, board member of the Shades Valley YMCA and member of the fundraising committee for Holy Family Cristo Rey High School. She has served in professional leadership positions including Chair of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Region South, Commissioner on the UCEA Commission on Learning, Instruction and Technologies, and Vice President of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation. Past honors include being named as a Cahaba Valley Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, Metropolitan Birmingham and Shades Valley YMCA Board Member of the Year and National Academic Advising Association Advisor of the Year. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television holds the distinction of being the nationís first statewide educational television network, serving as a model for other statewide public broadcasting networks in the U.S. and abroad. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System, APT retains its educational mission -- serving as a seven-day-a-week educational resource for every Alabamian Ė children and adults alike Ė through online services, digital television programming on three statewide channels, Emmy Award winning documentary production and outreach activities. CONTACT: Kathie B. Martin, APR 205-380-5168 800-239-5233, ext. 188 cell: 572-0875

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Dr. Cindy Formanek Kirk, vice president of Educational Services

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