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Sara L. Marchello of Hampton has been named director of Old Dominion University's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

Marchello is the former associate vice president for student enrollment at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. She also served as director of student affairs, director of enrollment management and coordinator of admissions and records after joining the Thomas Nelson staff in 1994.

She is the daughter of the late Joseph M. Marchello, the fourth president of Old Dominion.

At Thomas Nelson, Marchello served as college registrar and led the enrollment division, including admission processing, placement testing and transfer credit evaluation. She led a staff ranging in size from 15 to 40 and administered budgets as high as $500,000.

"I am delighted to have joined Old Dominion University as the new director for the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center," Marchello said. "We have a remarkable facility here, with exciting opportunities for academic success and personal growth."

Before joining Thomas Nelson, Marchello served as associate director of admissions for operations management at Old Dominion. From 1991-92, she was assistant director of admissions and coordinator of ODU's Preview program. From 1988-91, she was assistant to the vice president for student services and a graduate assistant.

Marchello completed coursework toward her doctorate in urban services education at ODU in 1991. She earned her master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1986 and her bachelor's from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in 1984.

This article was posted on: August 27, 2003

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