Poor Appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Truman State University

Truman has announced the appointment of P. Joan Poor as provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2012. Poor was selected for the position after a national search and currently serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.

“I am very excited to welcome Dr. Poor to the Truman community,” President Troy Paino said. “Her experience with and passion for a public liberal arts education will be a tremendous asset for Truman. She has an impressive record as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was an integral part of a leadership team that advanced the mission and public purpose of a sister COPLAC institution, and I am confident her skills, experience and creativity will serve Truman well.”

Poor’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Manitoba as well as a doctorate in natural resources/environmental economics from the University of Nebraska. Poor is also a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program and the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

“I am honored to join the Truman State University community,” Poor said. “The energy I experienced while visiting the Truman campus was contagious. The commitment by the students, faculty and staff to the public liberal arts and science mission is without a doubt what draws me to this place.”

Prior to arriving at Bemidji State University in 2010, Poor served as the assistant to the president for planning and legislative affairs from 2006-2010, coordinator of the environmental studies program from 2002-2007 and as an associate professor of economics from 2001-2010 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Additionally, Poor served as a Hobart Houghton Fellow in 2008 at Rhodes University in South Africa and as a visiting assistant professor of economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2000-2001. She was a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Maine-Orono from 1998-2000. Since 2010, Poor has served as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.