We are STLCOP Profile: David Poole

Published on 01 April 2015

Many people only see half of David Poole, as he stands behind the cashier’s window in the College’s Business Office. Even with that restricted view, it is easy to see his dedication to the College.

“I’m invested in STLCOP,” says Poole, who has worked here for more than 13 years. “It is part of me. I feel good when I know we’re doing well, and the students are doing well.”

That interaction with the students is what keeps Poole’s day moving.

“It’s fun to see them start as freshmen and then see them graduate,” he says. “It’s almost sad, almost like your own kids are leaving.”

After finishing high school, Poole served two years in the U.S. Army before attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis and majoring in accounting. While working his third accounting job he saw a small advertisement in the newspaper for an opening at the College.

“I thought it would be a really good interview,” Poole remembers.

He came to the College and met with Gary Torrence, now the vice president of finance and chief financial officer; Fred Nazzoli, the current director of finance and controller; and Dick Mansfield, who was the director of human resources at the time. Poole says the interview went really well.

“When I got home, my wife said Dick Mansfield had called and offered me the job,” Poole says. “I hadn’t even made it home from the interview yet.”

Poole’s new role as director of budget and grants will take his work in a new direction as the College begins to apply for federal grant money. Poole explains that the College does not have much experience applying for, or receiving, federal grants. With more than 30,000 square feet of laboratory space in the new academic and research building and library, the plan is to start bringing in government research work. Poole will still be responsible for the cashier’s office, student billing, and the College’s financial audit and tax return, as well as being the primary contact with the annual budget.

“I’ll still be here for the students,” he says. “I don’t get bored. It’s always exciting.”

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