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Marlena Jarboe

Blue Ridge Community College

Portrait of Marlena Jarboe of Blue Ridge CC
Get to Know Me

How I'd capture the essence of my work in a newspaper headline ...

Breaking the chains of poverty by meeting students where they are in their educational journey through affordable and rigorous applied and transfer programs.

Something that excites me in my field...

Seeing the happiness in a student's eyes when they have accomplished a challenging task.

My work impacts society because ...

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed and have a better life for themselves and their families.

My favorite quote...

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."

— Abraham Lincoln

Best advice I've ever received...

Your today does not predict your tomorrow.

Current University
Blue Ridge Community College

Research Area
Academic Affairs


 Jarboe, academic dean at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) for eight years, is passionate about breaking down barriers for students, especially child care. She has  overseen and developed 23 academic programs, including all applied and transfer programs at BRCC. 

She’s taught in classroom, online, and hybrid settings, integrating innovative instructional technologies to enhance learning outcomes.

Alma Mater

Old Dominion University