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Poole named dean of Appalachian’s graduate school

BOONE—Following a national search, Dr. Max C. Poole has been named dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University. He will begin his work at Appalachian in August.

Poole replaces Dr. Edelma Huntley who has served as dean of the graduate school since 2005 and is retiring at the end of June.

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Poole has been senior associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida since 2005. He also was associate dean of East Carolina University’s Graduate School from 1998-2005 and assistant dean from 1994-98.

“Dr. Poole’s extensive experience in graduate school administration at two highly regarded universities, including his experiences with distance learning, will greatly benefit Appalachian as we seek to enhance the university’s offerings in graduate education, both on and off campus,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori S. Gonzalez.

He held a joint faculty appointment in UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs, College of Medicine, and was a member of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

A native of Salisbury, Poole has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UNC Charlotte and a Ph.D. in endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed post doctorate work at the Medical College of Georgia and the ECU School of Medicine.

Poole will be responsible for administering graduate education at Appalachian, including oversight of graduate program review, analysis of curricula, and monitoring of national trends in graduate education.

He also will facilitate other activities associated directly with graduate students, including recruitment, advising, commencement, student orientation, professional development, graduate teaching assistant training, faculty development, financial support for graduate students, and scholarly activities.