Meet the UEAAA President
Bettye J. Poole '02, M'04
President, African American Alumni Association
Majors at UE: Bachelor of Liberal Studies; Master of Science in Public Service Administration
Hometown: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
Current Occupation: Retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2007; Retired from the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in September 2017.
My employment at Bristol-Myers awarded me some long-lasting friends and the opportunity to advance my education. Employment at EVSC also awarded long-lasting friends, plus the opportunity to gain more insight and serve homeless students in our community with needed resources. I currently serve homeless students on a national level as the conference chair of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. In addition, I proudly serve as president of the University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA).
My personal connections with UE are bittersweet. My dearest friend, the late Angela Williams, served as assistant director of parent and alumni relations on campus. Had it not been for her words of wisdom and coaching, I may not have continued my education at UE.
UE Alumni Activities/Why I Give Back
At this time, I serve as president of UEAAA and in the mentoring program under the direction of LaNeeca Williams, UE's chief diversity officer.
Favorite UE Memory
Building a lasting rapport with other nontraditional students in my cohort. Most of us were working parents with spouses, involved in our community, schools, and churches. Having that much in common, we relied and depended on each other as an extended family. To this day, we still keep in contact, referring to ourselves as BFFs.