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Scott Zalatoris
Policy Coordinator
, University of Illinois System

How long have you been involved with higher education policy administration?

I have served as the administrator for fiscal policies at the University of Illinois (U of I) System for six years. Prior to that I worked for two years supporting the fiscal education training program for U of I employees.

What drew you to working in higher education?

My career in higher education began as a graduate student employee at U of I, while completing a Master of Public Administration degree. During this time, the administrator of fiscal policies for the system retired. I enjoyed working at U of I as a graduate student employee and was intrigued by the opportunity to develop policy at the same institution. I applied for the vacancy and was offered the job.

Why did you become an ACUPA member? What are you looking forward to from your membership?

I joined ACUPA in 2014 shortly after beginning my policy work at U of I. While many people in higher education are involved in creating policy, very few people are responsible for managing the development and maintenance processes. ACUPA was an excellent way to connect with and seek advice from experienced policy administrators. As ACUPA grows I look forward to gaining policy development advice from a broader membership. I also hope to be able to share my own knowledge and insights.

What are the main policy issues you are working on right now?

I am currently working on a complete rewrite of U of I’s contract policies. I am also working to update the fiscal policy development process so that it more formally includes a greater diversity of perspectives when conducting stakeholder analysis.

Give us one fun fact about your institution.

The U of I System contributes over $17.5 billion to the Illinois economy each year.

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