Robin J. Poole Awarded 2015 Martin Bell Scholarship

Program Director of Devereux Florida will receive full scholarship for an Executive MBA at Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Apr. 16, 2015 - The Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business has announced Robin “RJ” Poole as the recipient of its 2015 Martin Bell Scholarship. Since 1988 the scholarship has annually awarded a senior professional in the nonprofit sector with full tuition to Crummer’s Executive MBA program

Poole is the Program Director of Orlando-based Devereux Florida, a leading nonprofit child welfare and behavioral healthcare services provider for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges, as well as their families.

“In the five years Robin has been with Devereux, she has learned the great potential that comes with nonprofit organizations operating like those in the for-profit space,” says Jacqueline Brito, Assistant Dean of the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.. “She has a clear vision how a Crummer MBA will help take both her work at Devereux and career to the next level. We look forward to the passion and experience she’ll bring to the classroom.”

Poole will meet her Executive MBA cohort when classes begin on April 25. There is one familiar face she especially looks forward to seeing on campus: her daughter Taylor, who is a first year student in the Crummer Early Advantage MBA program.

“Through my daughter’s experience I know what sets a Crummer MBA apart from the rest: an intimate class size where students learn from their professors’ impressive real-world experience. I can’t wait to see how my studies will create a tangible impact at Devereux and how we will better serve those who need our help.”

Poole received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s in counseling from Webster University in Charleston, SC. She previously served as the Program Director at the Children’s Home Society in Miami, and before that worked at Chicago-based Youth Guidance and Camelot Community Care. She is an ordained Diaconate in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and an associate pastor of Grace AME Church in The Villages, FL.


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