Poole Staff Spotlight: Meet Jay Arrington

by HomeDecorBeauty


By Caroline Barnhill

Jay Arrington serves the Poole Pack as the director of admissions and recruitment for Poole College’s Jenkins Master of Accounting program. In his role, Arrington works with the college’s student population and seeks to be a resource to help them achieve their goals of obtaining a master’s degree and a new career. In his words, Arrington “helps students and prospective students through the entire process – from curiosity to scholarship and all the way to a graduate.” He also has the unique opportunity to visit other universities and organizations that support MAC students and potential prospective students.

And he brings with him a wealth of experience. Arrington has worked in admissions, recruiting and talent acquisition for nearly 15 years. Before that, he worked as a counselor and vice principal at a charter school.

Q&A with Jay Arrington

What is a project in your current role that you are particularly proud of?

We attract students from 50+ universities and many students need help and support. It makes me proud that we don’t just stop at helping students with acceptance, but instead put things in place to support the students through initiatives like our mentoring program and our transition support program, which help students excel in being the scholars and leaders we know they are.

What is the most memorable Poole College event you have attended?

Jay (far left) with a group of MAC graduates during commencement.

I have two. The first is the annual MAC Celebration, often held at Vaughn Towers. There, we bring back alumni and friends of the program, along with our current students, to network and connect. It is amazing to see the new students recognizing all the possibilities available to them. My other favorite is graduation. Watching so many proud families and happy students is one of the greatest feelings in the world. The exuberance you feel in PNC Arena is electric and it makes it all worthwhile.

Why do you love being part of Poole?

I love Poole because they listen to you and want to help in any way they can. There are some amazing people here who are truly dedicated to helping the students in any way they can. I can say that for most of us it goes beyond just being a job and it is a real passion to make a difference.

Tell us more about your life outside Poole College.

Jay 3
A perfect day for Jay? Spend time with his children on the beach!

Outside of work, I am a proud dad who loves spending every minute I can being their dad. I really appreciate the arts and nature. I also enjoy things like photography, painting, home design, cooking and music. I also spend a large part of my time in nature and the beach.

My Poole colleagues may not know…

I have a black belt in taekwondo and I have over 200 cousins.

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