Major General Roger Clifton Poole named interim president
Maj. Gen. Roger Clifton Poole (UMSC) began his term Monday as interim president of The Citadel, marking the second time he has assumed leadership of the college. The Citadel Board of Visitors appointed Gen. Poole, a 1959 graduate, to head the college until Lt. Gen. John Rosa arrives.
Poole also served as interim president in 1996-97 between the administrations of Lt. Gen. Claudius Watts ’58 and Maj. Gen. John Grinalds.
"We are delighted to have someone of Cliff Poole’s experience and vision to head The Citadel during this transition," said Billy Jenkinson, chairman of the Board of Visitors. "With his superb academic credentials, extensive military experience and knowledge of the college, he is qualified in every way to maintain The Citadel’s momentum as we begin a new college year."
Poole has been associated with academics at The Citadel since 1993 when he joined the administration as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. He is currently The Citadel Board of Visitors Distinguished Fellow of Finance, a designation he has held since 1999.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in English from The Citadel, Poole holds an MBA with a management specialty and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of South Carolina. He also holds a diploma from the U.S. Army War College, a post-doctoral certificate from the London School of Economics and a certificate from the London Business School as well as an honorary doctorate of business administration from The Citadel.
Before coming to The Citadel, Poole was dean and professor of finance of the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.
His numerous awards include The Palmetto Medal Award from The Citadel Board of Visitors, the Alumnus of the Year award from The Citadel Alumni Association, and the Distinguished Educator award that the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond gave him twice.
A nationally known expert in insurance, General Poole frequently conducts seminars for executives and professional insurance organizations. He currently serves at the discretion of the U.S. Secretary of Defense on the Board of Visitors of Air University headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. It is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the Air Force’s center for professional military education.Poole is a retired brigadier general in the United States Army Reserves. A highly decorated soldier, his last active duty assignment was as director of transportation, troop support and energy for the Army Operation Center during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.