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.
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.
About graduate education at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies helps individuals reach the next level in their career advancement and preparedness. The school offers 80 graduate degree and certificate programs in a range of disciplines, including doctoral programs in education (Ed.D.) and psychology (Psy.D.). Classes are offered at the main campus in Boone as well as online and face-to-face at locations around northwestern North Carolina. The graduate school enrolls nearly 1,800 students. Learn more at https://graduate.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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