Nicole C. Focareto
Executive Director 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.
Taylor West ’14
Taylor joined the admissions team in June2014 right after graduating from Belmont Abbey College with a B.A in Business Management and a concentration in Marketing. A native to the Charlotte area, he grew up in the suburb of Concord, NC. During his time at the Abbey, Taylor competed as a NCAA Division II baseball player and golfer. He also held office in student government his junior year, took part in many student activities, and worked as a senior interviewer in the admissions office. Taylor is extremely excited to be working at his alma mater and he looks forward to sharing his wonderful experience at Belmont Abbey College while assisting prospective students and future Crusaders! Taylor assists transfers students adn students from the Eastern Coast of North Carolina, the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.