Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 16, 2013

Poole to lead RSCC Cumberland campus


CROSSVILLE — Dr. Janice Poole has been named director of Roane State Community College’s Cumberland County campus.

Poole has served in education for nearly 30 years and spent much of her career in community college leadership positions. She also understands the challenges of going to college as an adult because that’s the path she followed.

Poole graduated from Pearl River (MS) Community College in 1976. In 1985, she began working as secretary to the president at Pearl River and later decided to go back to school. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1990 but did not stop there.

Poole earned her master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from Southern Miss in 1996 and her doctorate in educational leadership from Mississippi State University in 2006.

“I was a high school dropout,” Poole said. “I know going back to school and getting your education can be done. In counseling adult students, I can relate to their circumstances and concerns. I understand. I’ve been there.”

Poole served as a special education teacher for two school districts in Mississippi. She transitioned to higher education in January 1997 when she became coordinator of special populations for Pearl River Community College. Six years later, Poole was named Pearl River’s director of extended education.

Poole joined Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2007 as administrative dean for the college’s West Harrison County Center. The role has many parallels to a Roane State campus director position. As administrative dean, Poole assisted students with admissions and registration, supervised facilities and performed many other management functions.

Poole said she appreciates the opportunities community college provided for her, and she wants to give those same opportunities to others, whether they are adult students or recent high school graduates.

“Providing that same chance for success is what fuels my passion,” she said.

For more information about Roane State’s Cumberland County campus, 2567 Cook Road in Crossville, contact Poole at (865) 354-3000, ext. 4141 or Spring semester classes begin Jan. 16.

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