Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He serving a second term as president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009.