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Denise Fergus Poole
Program Director, Academic Services and Compliance Officer
Denise Poole was promoted to Program Director, Academic Services and Compliance Officer in April 2016. She became New York University’s Manager of Academic Services and Compliance Officer in 2014 following five years as Coordinator of Academic Services and Compliance Officer and three years as Academic Affairs Advisor.
Poole manages the Academic Affairs Office (AAO) staff, which is comprised of two full-time staff members, two part-time graduate assistants and four undergraduate student employees. She is responsible for ensuring the fruition of the AAO’s mission: “to provide an opportunity for students to simultaneously excel academically and participate in intercollegiate varsity athletics.”
The Academic Affairs Office supports the NYU Athletic Department’s administration, coaches and varsity student-athletes in four primary areas, admissions/recruitment, eligibility compliance, academic support services, and student-athlete development programming. The AAO also collaborates closely with the NYU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to provide and promote student-athlete community service and a variety of development workshop opportunities. Additionally, Poole serves as a co-advisor to this group.
Poole is an active member of the NYU community, participating regularly as a member of the Undergraduate Advising Deans group and the NYU Community of Practice Advising Network. She has also assisted with NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai Admissions efforts.
A longtime member of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), an affiliate of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Poole joined the strategic planning committee in 2008 and was named the committee’s chair-elect in 2010 and served as chair from 2012-14. She has also served as a faculty member for N4A’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) – leader/manager track since 2012, helping prepare leaders in student-athlete support services throughout the country.
Poole is currently leading the N4A Strategic Planning ad-hoc group after serving as the Division Director for Professional Development from 2014-16. She also currently participates on the Academic Integrity Assessment/Program Review Advisory Board and the Mission/Vision Task Force and hosted the Region 1 conference at NYU’s Palladium Athletic Facility last October. In June 2017, Poole received the N4A’s Distinguished Service Award which is presented annually to “an Association member whom, in addition to having maintained continuous membership for at least the past five years, has served in N4A leadership positions at the regional or national level and whose contributions are recognized as being above and beyond the normal service required by those positions of leadership. “
Poole has served in similar roles at several other distinguished institutions. At Drexel University, she held the position of Program Manager for the LeBow College of Business and was responsible for providing a wide range of student service functions for all LeBow MBA students. Poole also held the title of Academic Coach/Consultant for Drexel’s ACHIEVE Center for Student-Athletes, where she coached student-athletes on priorities, time management, test taking, and study techniques.
Prior to her stint at Drexel, Poole was Academic Advisor and Student-Athlete Mentor at Northeastern University. She also served as an assistant coach of the Huskies’ men’s and women’s track & field and cross country teams.
Poole, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. Joseph’s (PA) University in 2002, was a captain and four-year member of the Hawks’ cross country and track & field teams (THWND). She went on to earn a master’s degree in applied educational psychology with a concentration in college student development and counseling from Northeastern in 2004.