June 23, 2017

Poole recognized as UM Good Neighbor

Melanie Poole, a resident of Montevallo, was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the University of Montevallo.


The Good Neighbor Award is presented each year to a Montevallo resident, who has demonstrated unselfish service and exceptional leadership in supporting the progress of UM.


Poole, a 1986 graduate of the University of Montevallo, has served as the communications officer for the American Village since 2011.


Recently, when the University announced plans to build a new Center for the Arts, she was the first to step forward with a major gift. However, her contributions to UM don’t end there. Poole has been a long-time advocate of the University and her involvement in community service is extensive.


She is the founder and president of the UM Friends of the College of Fine Arts advisory board. She also currently serves on the UM National Alumni Association Board of Directors, Montevallo Arts Council, Montevallo Artwalk Planning Committee, Montevallo Study Club and the Montevallo Evening Garden Club.


In receiving the award, Poole said, “I am so humbled to receive the Good Neighbor Award from my alma mater. Montevallo was always the home of my heart, even when I didn’t reside here. I’m so pleased to be able to give back to this wonderful community.”




Established in 1896, the overriding mission of the University of Montevallo, unique in higher education in Alabama, is to provide to students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, “small college” public higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies and with professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.


To enhance student success within a vibrant campus community, the University of Montevallo provides a premier educational experience characterized by distinguished degree programs, personalized instruction delivered by highly qualified faculty and affordable tuition. Enriched by an array of opportunities, the UM experience prepares students to enter graduate or professional school or to begin their careers with an understanding of how to succeed in a constantly changing and complex world.