Montreat College announced that Dr. David (Dave) Poole has joined Montreat College as Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) and Professor of Leadership and Management. Dr. Poole will be responsible for leading all facets of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. He will serve as chief academic officer for AGS as well as to provide leadership for enrollment management and growth, and student services. Dr. Poole will begin his position at Montreat College on April 16.

Dr. Poole brings more than 38 years of experience in higher education and business. Throughout his career, he served as an executive leader and faculty member, providing oversight for a variety of areas including enrollment management, academic affairs, information technology, marketing, advancement, and institutional operations.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Poole to the college’s leadership team,” said Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer. “I anticipate he will provide the guidance AGS needs to grow and evolve to meet the needs of adult, graduate, and online students.”

Dr. Poole most recently served as President of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in North Carolina. Before his appointment at UMO, Dr. Poole served as Vice President for Online and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at California Baptist University and was responsible for university-wide information technology services and all academic and administrative management of online, hybrid and education center programs for this nationally ranked division within the University that served 4,000 students in 37 states. Under his leadership, CBU increased adult enrollment from 589 students to 2,370 students – 24% of the total university enrollment – in seven years.

Dr. Poole received both his Master of Science in Administration and Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pepperdine University. He completed his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at California State University Fullerton and is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.