Academics, Campus wide, College of Health Sciences, Faculty

Poole appointed dean for CSU’s College of Health Sciences

By Jenna Johnson | June 24, 2023
Dr. Gabby Poole assumed the role of dean of the College of Health Sciences for Charleston Southern University. Photo by Ty Cornett

Dr. Gabby Poole has been selected as the dean of the College of Health Sciences at Charleston Southern University. Having served as interim dean since January 2022, Poole previously served as the founding program director for the Physician Assistant Program. 

Poole shared her plan to build upon the work during her time as interim, noting opportunities for growth and expansion of the two undergraduate programs—kinesiology and public health—as well as the four graduate programs—physician assistant, physical therapy, clinical counseling, and athletic training. “The undergraduate programs at Charleston Southern University are the heart of what we do and why we do what we do every day. Kinesiology and public health programs provide foundational support for our graduate programs while training students in both of these key areas to meet community needs.” 

As for the popular, in-demand graduate programs, Poole said she’ll continue to provide the appropriate level of support to ensure the foundation of each program remains strong.  

“We have been tremendously blessed to have established strong partnerships in and around the Charleston community to support all of our programs,” said Poole. “My hope is that when our students go out into the community, they are a direct reflection of the mission and vision of CSU to the people who they have the opportunity to interact with and serve each day. I am excited for the opportunities we have within the College of Health Sciences to grow our current programs and to potentially add new programs that will allow CSU to continue educating students in a Christian environment.” 

Before arriving at CSU in 2016, Poole was a PA with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition, she served on the board of directors for the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants for seven years, including a two-year term as president. She was honored as the 2015 South Carolina PA of the Year for her work with this professional organization. Poole also served on various committees for the Physician Assistant Education Association.  

Drs. Anthony and Gabby Poole have five children: Reagan (not pictured), Emmy, Will, Michael, and Sam. Photo provided

“Dr. Gabby Poole is the perfect choice to serve as our inaugural dean of the College of Health Sciences,” President Dr. Dondi Costin said. “Having served in the trenches to launch our highly effective Physician Assistant Program as its founding director, Gabby understands program development, accreditation, compliance, CSU culture, and visionary leadership like nobody else. We are blessed to have a highly experienced leader of her caliber in such a key position on our team.” 

After graduating from Wofford College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Poole went on to earn her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from MUSC in 2009. In 2020, she received her Doctor of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Education with an additional certificate in Healthcare Administration and Management from the University of Lynchburg. 

Married to her husband, Anthony, for 11 years, the two have five children: Reagan, Emmy, Will, Michael, and Sam. 

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