Hopkinsville High School graduate Eugene Poole, Jr. has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Poole graduated from HHS in 1978, Hopkinsville Community College in 1980 with an Associate in Science, and the University of Kentucky in1985 with a B.A. in Architecture.
Poole serves as the jurisdiction executive and the senior project executive of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. He is an architect and certified project construction manager with over 30 years of professional design/construction management executive-level experience. His work includes Air Force defense initiatives and Joint Air Force/Navy, and Air Force/Army Mil-Con construction projects overseas and within the United States. Poole is a decorated former United States Air Force officer who was honorably discharged after serving three tours of duty.
His private industry architectural work includes hotel resorts, high schools, colleges, high-end mixed-use and retail buildings, casino and gaming resorts, private residences, urban planning, civic and religious facilities, health care facilities, airfield runway restoration repair and pilot training support facilities. His more recent government projects include the globally iconic U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration project, U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Senate and House Office Buildings, design/construction for three U.S. Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, the ongoing design/management of the new U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Exhibition Hall Museum, and he currently serves on numerous professional industry boards. The aggregate total of his professional career accomplishments, including the capital complex construction and management programs, are at nearly $5.7 billion. Poole is an ordained preacher and a former professor of religion and philosophy. Besides his degrees from HCC and UK, he holds bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees from George Washington University and Maples Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Poole is currently a 4.0 Doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate studying Eastern/Western religion philosophy and spiritual counseling at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.
Poole will be inducted into the 2020 UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni on October 1, 2021.
— Submitted to the KNE.