Nicole C. Focareto
Dean of Admissions
Nicole provides oversight and leadership in the areas of recruitment, event management and scholarship administration for prospective first time college students and transfer students. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Nicole holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies from Marietta College. She also has an M.A. in Education from Marietta College in southeast Ohio.
Throughout her career, Nicole has held several positions in enrollment management, educational administration and college access, including serving as the director of admissions at The Cleveland Institute of Art, director of admissions at Holy Name High School, manager of financial aid for Cleveland Scholarship Programs, and assistant director of admission at Marietta College.
Nicole’s love of travel provided opportunities to serve as a primary delegation leader with the People to People Student Ambassador Program, traveling with middle school students to bridge cultural gaps between the U.S. and other countries such as Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Nicole has served as a faculty advisor for the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in 2001 and 2004 and GYLC-Europe in 2006 and 2011 in Vienna, Prague and Budapest.
Nicole genuinely enjoys working with students and providing opportunities for them to reach their potential. She is happy to lead the Belmont Abbey College Admissions staff and is looking forward to being a part of the positive changes at The Abbey. During her spare time, Nicole enjoys attending social events, traveling, reading, and volunteering.
David Haun has been with Belmont Abbey College for eight years in the role of enrollment counselor and academic advisor. David began working in higher education as a freshman while attending Lee University. Once he graduated, he realized that he wanted a career in higher education to continue his work with students. While working with the non-traditional population at Central Piedmont Community College, David discovered the many challenges and barriers facing adult and transfer students attempting to return to college. It wasn’t until he started working for Belmont Abbey that his passion for working with these students was ignited because he found a place that cared about providing an education that meets the needs of working adults and transfer students and he wanted to be a part of a place where students can thrive and be successful.