AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University in New York, has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Georgia Regents University. Poisel, who has more than two decades of experience in student services, will assume his new role Aug. 12th.
As GRU’s chief student services officer, he will be responsible for planning, designing, and developing student programs and services that reflect the goals of the university; supervising an array of student services, including the Office of Student Life and Engagement, Greek life, Leadership and Service Learning, Student Health, the Wellness Center, the Testing and Disabilities Center, and the Counseling Center. As a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team, he will collaborate closely with academic affairs leaders and faculty to enhance the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students.
“Mark Allen will be instrumental as the university continues to evolve and move forward,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “His wealth of experience in higher education, at universities both large and small, and his understanding of how best to actively engage and serve one of our most important populations – our students – will be invaluable.”
While at Pace, Poisel created its first university-wide strategic retention plan, supported the implementation of a new undergraduate research initiative and showcase, and brought a New York Times first-year experience pilot project to the university. Prior to joining Pace in 2011, he served as Associate Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment at the University of Central Florida, where he created and implemented programs that helped students prepare for, transition to, and progress through the university. While at UCF, he helped increase the first-year retention rate from 78 percent in 2001 to 87 percent in 2009.
“The Board of Regents and Dr. Azziz are embarking on an ambitious and extraordinary opportunity little seen in higher education,” Poisel said. “There is so much potential to create an amazing comprehensive research university that will have a major impact throughout Georgia, the Southeast, and the United States. Many eyes from within the higher education community will be watching GRU and the other newly consolidated universities to see how we build the foundations for successful student experiences that alter lives and create Georgia’s future leaders. I am looking forward to helping the leadership team, faculty, staff, and students to create these new experiences for the professional, graduate, and undergraduate students that will be attending GRU.”
Poisel earned a master’s degree in college student personnel work from Indiana State University and specialist and doctoral degrees, both in higher education, from Florida State University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Previously, he served as a Student Services Evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
He is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, and NASFA: Association of International Educators.