David Poole currently serves as Vice President for Online and Professional Studies at California Baptist University and has responsibility for all academic and administrative management of online, hybrid and education center programs for this division within CBU.
Dr. Poole has over thirty years experience in the business and education environment with significant experience in enrollment management, marketing administration, operations, customer relationship management, as well as program development. Before his appointment at CBU, Dr. Poole served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hope International University. As a senior administrator, he had responsibility for all enrollment management, donor, community and foundation relations, university publications and marketing, and overall public relations. In addition, he served as chair for the strategic planning committee of the University
Prior to Hope, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Programs for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University with oversight of all enrollments and academic program management of Executive and Evening MBA programs.
Dr. Poole served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Virtual CEO, Inc., a research and business knowledge company serving the $100+ billion global consulting market. Their clients include such organizations as Deloitte & Touche, Lockheed Martin, UCLA, Department of Defense and Lucent Technologies. As a member of the senior management team, he was responsible for consultant recruitment, marketing, brand management and the development of products and content that encompassed eight vertical markets in four languages.
Dr. Poole served thirteen years with Pepperdine University where he was Executive Director for all Executive Programs with responsibility for enrollment and program management of four executive graduate degree programs. Under his leadership, the Executive MBA program was recognized in 1999 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.
Prior to Pepperdine, Dr. Poole served as director of marketing for a medium-sized geotechnical engineering firm, held various management positions in the retail industry, and served as department chair for one of the largest performing arts programs in the California public school system.
From 1998-2000, Dr. Poole served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Executive MBA Council, a global organization representing nineteen countries encompassing a membership of over two hundred of the top business schools in the world. During his tenure, he expanded the organization’s membership into Europe, Asia and Latin America and developed/expanded relationships with AACSB, the Graduate Management Admissions Council and the European Foundation for Management Development.
He has been quoted in national and international publications such as U.S. News and World Report, The International Herald Tribune, Business Week and INC. on topics relating to executive education and has been featured on CNBC’s Financial News Network.
Dr. Poole received both his Master of Science in Administration and Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pepperdine University. He completed his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership at California State University Fullerton.
He currently serves on the board of the Canyon Education Foundation, and has held board positions with a number of non- profit organizations.
“Online education is not an enemy of residential education, but rather an inspiring and liberating ally. You can choose to view this era as one of threatening change and unsettling volatility, or you can see it as a moment charged with the most exciting possibilities presented to educators in our lifetimes.”
- Susan Hockfield, President - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror"
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