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With the 2013-14 academic year upon us, the Panther Athletic Club would like to officially welcome its new PAC Board President, Allen Poole. Poole, an alumnus of Georgia State, will serve as the PAC Board president for the next two years. Poole is also a new member of GSU’s Athletic Association.
Poole is very supportive of GSU Athletics. On any given football Saturday, you can find Poole in the Orange Lot at the Alumni Association tailgate and in the Owner’s Club inside the Georgia Dome.
So what does the new PAC Board president’s profile look like? Here are five things you might not know about Allen Poole:
- He is a retired Certified Public Accountant. After graduating from GSU in the 1960s, Poole founded his own firm in Hapeville, Ga., known as Blackwell, Poole and Co. Poole later merged his firm with Cherry, Bekaert and Holland, from which he retired as partner. He is also an active member in the Georgia Society of CPAs having served as its President.
- He is an avid golfer. In retirement, Poole has found time to get his golf swing going, playing several times a week. Poole has also played in the annual PAC Golf Classic each year since its inception.
- He is a true Georgia native. Poole, who is from east of Atlanta in Sparta, Hancock County, Ga., grew up on a cotton farm. He then moved to Hapeville, Ga., where he has lived much of his adult life.
- He grew up a big Georgia Tech fan. Because Georgia State did not have a football team, Poole supported the Ramblin’ Wreck on Saturdays. He attended games to cheer on Bill Curry, both when he was a Tech player and coach. As all of you know, Curry later went on to become GSU’s first football coach. Of course, Poole is now one of GSU’s biggest athletic supporters and attends GSU Athletics events frequently.
- He was the first in his family to attend college. Poole attended night classes when GSU was known as Georgia State College to earn his degree in accounting.
GSU Athletics and the Panther Athletic Club are very excited to have Poole in his new leadership role as PAC Board President!