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UMO Presidential Search

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April 25, 2018

Update on the Search for the Next President of the University of Mount Olive


From:  Earl W. Worley, Jr., Chair, University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees

 I am pleased to inform you that the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. David L. Poole as its fifth President.  Dr. Poole will take office on July 1, 2018. 

 Dr. Poole’s selection is the result of an extensive and rigorous nationwide search that has taken more than eight months. We are fortunate to attract someone of his experience, accomplishment, and vision to our team. Dr. Poole brings a rich combination of academic expertise, innovation, and a student-centered focus that are at the heart of supporting the UMO mission.  Please read more below on Dr. Poole and his many accomplishments.  It is an exciting time to be a Trojan as the University of Mount Olive prepares for the next chapter in its historic growth. 

 I hope you will join me in celebrating this announcement. 

Dr. Poole has over 36 years of experience in the business and education environment with significant experience in academic and enrollment management, marketing administration, operations, customer relationship management, information technology services, and program development. He currently serves as Vice President for Online and Professional Studies and as an Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at California Baptist University.  Over the past eight years his focus has been the establishment and oversight of CBU’s online, hybrid, and education center programs.  During this time, the division has grown from 589 students to serving approximately 4,000 from 40 states.  Academic programs have increased from 12 majors and concentrations at the undergraduate level to 42 and now includes graduate and doctoral degrees.
Before his appointment at CBU, Dr. Poole served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hope International University, Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Programs for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University, and Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Virtual CEO, Inc.  Dr. Poole served 13 years as Executive Director for Executive Programs with Pepperdine University.  In 1999, under his leadership, the Executive MBA program was recognized by Business Week as one of the “Leading Twenty” in the nation. In 2001, the program was ranked eleventh globally, fourth in strategy, and first in ethics.
From 1998-2000, Dr. Poole served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Executive MBA Council, a global organization representing 19 countries encompassing a membership of over 200 of the top business schools in the world. During his tenure, Poole expanded the organization’s membership into Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He also developed/expanded relationships with AACSB, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and the European Foundation for Management Development.
In addition to his formal appointments, Dr. Poole has held board positions with a number of non-profit organizations.  He has been quoted in professional journals including U.S. News and World Report, The International Herald Tribune, Business Week and INC. 
Dr. Poole received both his master of science in administration and technology and his bachelor of arts in music in education from Pepperdine University. He completed his doctorate in higher education leadership at California State University Fullerton, and he is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. Poole has been married to his wife, Mary for 32 years.  They have three adult daughters. 
Should you have any questions or concerns about this announcement, please contact Earl Worley, Jr., Chair, UMO Board of Trustees, at or at 919-634-1752, or Howard Scott, Vice Chair, at or 919-222-1521.