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Dr. Poppo named provost

Dr. Poppo named provost

Dr. Kristin PoppoAlfred State is pleased to announced that Dr. Kristin Poppo has been promoted to provost, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Poppo has served as the college’s vice president for Academic Affairs since July 2014. She will continue to provide academic leadership for Alfred State in her new position.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president, said, “Dr. Poppo has served Alfred State well during her time here, having helped to move the college through the accreditation process and multiple new program designs. She is well-deserving of this new role.”

Poppo said the provost position is critical to affirming that Alfred State’s purpose and mission are providing exceptional academic programs in the context of a robust college experience.

“I am honored to serve in this role,” she said, “as I believe that the Alfred State community is one where we care deeply for each other and for students, resulting in great outcomes for all.”

Prior to joining Alfred State, Poppo was the associate provost and executive director of regional centers and the National Institute of Teaching Excellence at Cambridge College. She has also held teaching positions at colleges in Vermont, North Carolina, and Washington. Poppo was head of graduate and professional studies at IslandWood/University of Washington from 2001 to 2008 and director of extended learning at Olympic College, a Washington State community college, from 2008 to 2011.

Her extensive background includes both education and community service. Poppo has been a minister at Madura Congregational Church in Wakefield, KS, and an associate minister at Second Congregational Church in Beverly, MA. She also served in the Solomon Islands as a community development worker/medical discharge with the US Peace Corps and has held chaplaincy internships at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and Goddard Chapel at Tufts University.

Poppo received her PhD in the social and philosophical foundations of education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; her master’s in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.; her master’s in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch University – New England in Keene, NH; and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a minor in women’s studies from Colgate University in Hamilton.