Provost's Biography

Joan Poor began serving as provost at Aurora University in July 2014. She most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Truman State University for two years where she also held a faculty appointment as a professor of natural resource and environmental economics.  

Poor served as the inaugural dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics at Bemidji State University from 2010 through 2012. Prior to this appointment as dean, she served as an associate professor with tenure for nine years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, while concurrently leading its environmental studies program from 2002 through 2007. From 2006 through 2010 she was named assistant to the president for planning and legislative affairs at St. Mary’s.  

In 2007, Poor was an invited faculty fellow at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, and in 2008 she was awarded the Hobart Houghton Fellowship at Rhodes University in South Africa.

Prior to her tenure at St. Mary’s, Poor was a visiting professor of economics at Rochester Institute of Technology; a research assistant professor in resource economics and policy at the University of Maine; and a post-doctoral research assistant and graduate research assistant at the University of Nebraska. Before she returned to the university to complete her doctoral degree, she was a senior economic analyst for international agriculture with Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates in Philadelphia and also was the manager of corporate affairs for WIK Associates, Inc., Environmental Consultants in Delaware.

Poor has written more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and many other published articles using non-market valuation methods to value public goods; public goods including the natural environmental and cultural heritage resources. She has given more than three dozen presentations as a guest lecturer at local government proceedings, professional conferences, workshops and community organizations.

Poor earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Manitoba in Canada, as well as a doctorate in natural resource and environmental economics from the University of Nebraska. She is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration from Wellesley College, and the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers.