Daniel Kirby

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Daniel Kirby

Academic Advisor (for last names Q-Z)
Engineering & Applied Science
Pronouns: He/Him
"Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude." Viktor E. Frankl


I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (commonly called the U.P.). As a kid, I have played every sport I could. I moved to Breckenridge, Colorado after graduating from Central Michigan University. I found my passion of helping others during the three years I lived in Breckenridge. That passion led me to Colorado Springs and UCCS, where I attended graduate school. I am a proud two-time UCCS graduate and a current PhD student in the Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy program at UCCS. Prior to being an academic advisor, I worked in PK-12 education for fourteen years as a school counselor (elementary, middle, and high school) and a high school administrator. My family and I are UCCS Mountain Lions through and through. My wife is a faculty member at UCCS. When I am not at UCCS, I enjoy being active and spending as much time as I can with my family.

Fun Facts

  • Ted Lasso is the best show and script ever written (I cannot be convinced otherwise)
  • I can walk on my hands
  • I can drive the Zamboni
  • I enjoy taking photos of me doing handstands in the cool places I travel
  • I am a HUGE Michigan Wolverines fan (and college football)


  • Master of Arts in Leadership - Principal Education Licensure, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2018
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services - School Counseling, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Central Michigan University, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism - News Editorial, Central Michigan University, 2005