Renee Kirby has held several positions in the department of Disability Resources and Services over the past 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and Master of Education in Sports Administration from the college of HPERD at Temple University.
Renee came to DRS in 1984 as a Recreation Specialist Intern, where she designed and implemented Temple's Adapted Recreation and Sports Program for students with disabilities as her senior project. In 1984, she was the Harold K. Jack Award recipient and Outstanding Senior of the Year in the College of HPERD. She joined the DRS staff as a Recreation Specialist in 1985.
She served as the departments Acting Director from 1991-1993 before moving to her current position as Assistant Director. Her key duties are coordinating the university housing assignments for students with disabilities, Federal Workforce Recruitment Internship Program and arranging classroom accommodations for students with a broad range of disabilities as a staff advisor.
Renee brings a broad knowledge of disability experience to higher education through her work as a member on the Mayor's Commission for People with Disabilities. Since her early involvement, she has contributed to the commission’s success on barrier-removal projects that affect the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia region.
Appointed to the commission by Mayor Wilson Goode in 1985, she has served in leadership roles on the Recreation, Education and accessibility committees that helped pioneer the city's early accessibility planning for accommodating people with disabilities in many public facilities and services. Notable accessibility projects include, the center city district, Avenue of the Arts, public recreation centers, accessibility of Temple University subway station, SEPTA mass transportation and Para transit systems, city of Philadelphia ADA transition plan, Wachovia and Liacouras Center stadium projects, Independence Mall, Philadelphia Airport, audible traffic signals and legislation for the provision of residential and public handicapped parking spaces in Philadelphia.
Before coming to Temple University, Renee worked for the Philadelphia Recreation Department 12 years as a recreation leader. While there she organized sport competitions for athletes with disabilities that established adapted sports as a standard program offering among the city's community recreation programs.
Renee is a former athlete and member of the 1980 U.S. Paralympic Team that competed in Arnhem, Holland where she was a world record holder in women’s track, discus and javelin. In 1986, she won the Women’s National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Irvine, California before retiring from sports.
Her favorite past times are Art, Photography and playing tennis.