Kim Ziebarth is the Associate Commissioner for Technical Education at the Utah System of Higher Education. She previously worked as the associate commissioner for academic and student affairs for the Utah System of Technical Colleges and at Davis Technical College as interim president, vice president of instruction, vice president of quality and development, and as an instructor in the Information Technology program. Prior to that, she worked in the technology industry.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and Master’s Degree in Education from Utah State University, where she was recognized as an Academic Scholar. She serves on the board of directors for the National Technical Honor Society and Utah Women in Higher Education. As an instructor, she was recognized as Utah’s Distinguished Post-Secondary Information Technology Educator and is a recipient of the Governor Henry Blood Excellence in Teaching Scholarship.
Because of her experience, Kim is passionate about the role of technical education in preparing students for employment and serving the needs of industry. Her experience in industry and knowledge of technical college programs, courses, faculty, and institutional practices contribute to her ability to connect and work well with academic and industry partners.
Kim and her husband have two daughters who went through the technical college nurse assistant program. Their oldest daughter went on to become a registered nurse, earn a Bachelor of Science and then Master’s Degree in Nursing. She currently works as a nurse practitioner. Their youngest daughter is working at the University of Utah Burn Trauma ICU as a nurse assistant.