Bruce Poch is a Senior Advisor to the Global Leadership Incubator. Through 2010, he first served as Dean, and then as Vice President and Dean of Admissions for 24 years at Pomona College, one of the most selective, diverse and well-endowed colleges in the United States. During his tenure, the applicant pool grew tremendously but more critically, geographic, economic, and ethnic diversity dramatically increased as retention rates, already strong, improved to mark Pomona among the rare few institutions graduating 95% of its students while reducing loan burdens to a very small fraction of the national average. Before moving to Pomona, Bruce was associate dean of admissions at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Bruce currently assists institutions of higher education, secondary schools, philanthropic and scholarship organizations in establishing and developing program, policy, planning, program reviews, staff development, and management opportunities. With 35 years of experience in leadership positions at highly selective colleges, Poch works closely with admission and enrollment programs, college counseling offices, and scholarship programs. He serves as a member of the board of academic advisors for QuestBridge, as a member of the board of directors of the Center for Student Opportunity.
As a contributor to the New York Times Choice Blog, to Newsweek and Newsweek-Kaplan Guides and service as a member of the College Advisory Board for US News and World Report, Poch has been in the center of national conversations on college admission and access. He has written for National Public Radio and made appearances on NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, CBS News, MSNBC, and Bloomberg Television. He authored a chapter inCollege Unranked, a collection of essays edited by The Education Conservancy and published by Harvard University Press.
Invited frequently to present at regional and national conferences, Mr. Poch worked with the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, the College Board, The National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Education Conservancy. He serves on the Board of Academic Advisors for QuestBridge, a program dedicated to providing academic and scholarship opportunities for low-income, first generation to college students. Through his offices at Pomona College, Poch forged partnerships with more than 25 regional and national programs that focused on underrepresented low income and first generation students.
Mr. Poch graduated from local public schools in his hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, moving to earn his A.B. in government and English from Oberlin College in Ohio, the first coeducational college in the United States and the first in the U.S. to admit students of African descent in a multiracial environment. He later earned his Ed.M. from Harvard University in Social Policy and Planning.