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Cooper, Poole promoted to assistant vice president positions in Student Affairs


Dr. Kimberly Poole and Kryssa Cooper have been named to assistant vice president positions within the Division of Student Affairs. Poole will continue to serve in a senior associate dean of students role, while Cooper will assume duties related to brand strategy and community engagement. Both are graduates of the Clemson University President’s Leadership Institute. Poole was part of the inaugural cohort in 2017, while Cooper graduated with the 2021 class.

“I am extremely excited to announce these promotions for two exceptional members of our leadership team,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Chris Miller. “These adjustments align with our strategic plan and continued pursuit of operational excellence. I look forward to seeing more great work from these two professionals as we support students, families and other key divisional stakeholders.”

Poole’s role expanded as part of a 2019 reorganization; she serves as Miller’s designee and engages closely with students and families in his absence. She has overseen the Office of Advocacy and Success since its inception in 2015 and also holds administrative responsibility for Military and Veteran Engagement. New with this promotion, she now assumes administrative responsibility for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, led by Dr. Gary Wiser.

Poole has chaired the University’s behavioral intervention team since 2016 and also co-chairs the threat assessment team. She is a liaison for the Graduate School and International Services, and serves as an advisor for both Clemson Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government.

Kryssa Cooper, pictured with the Tiger Cub at a 2019 Student Affairs function, has been promoted to assistant vice president for brand strategy and community engagement
Kryssa Cooper has been a member of the Student Affairs staff since 2018.

Cooper joined Student Affairs in 2018 as director of sponsorships. Her role also expanded as a result of the 2019 reorganization. As director of corporate and community engagement, she helped Student Affairs significantly expand its corporate partner portfolio while securing more than $250,000 in sponsorship revenue in both the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.

Cooper serves as staff liaison to several boards: Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee, Board of Visitors Student Engagement and Success Committee, Vice President’s Executive Council and Clemson Family Advisory Board. In her new role, she assumes administrative responsibility for Student Affairs Creative Services (led by Tina LeMay), division commercial sponsorship coordination and the City of Clemson program liaison. Cooper also serves on the advisory committee for the CU Grow staff development program.