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Katy Saalfeld named president-elect of state organization

November 10, 2021

Katy Saalfeld, senior associate director of NIU Admissions Recruitment and Outreach, was named president-elect of the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO) during the organization’s annual conference held in October.

Katy Saalfeld, senior associate director of  NIU Admissions Recruitment and Outreach

“It’s where the future generations have a space to be heard, get involved and keep our industry moving forward,” Saalfeld said. “Being elected in this role means that the privilege of paying all those things forward is even more of my responsibility, and while I still get to take so much from IACRAO, I really get to pay it back in this role.”

IACRAO is the state chapter of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which includes admissions, registrars, record and registrations, and enrollment management professionals from higher education institutions across Illinois.

“The work that these professionals do impacts a student before they get to an institution, while they are at the institution, and after they leave,” Saalfeld said. “The individuals who make up these departments have a great responsibility to serve students directly, such as picking up a transcript, and indirectly by informing policy, leveraging systems, and transforming practices.”

Saalfeld first joined the organization in 2008, and has enjoyed seeing new ideas evolve into best practices through IACRAO.

“In many ways, I feel like I have professionally grown up in IACRAO,” Saalfeld said. “I’ve been supported and encouraged, and have learned so much from the people that make up this organization.”

Part of Saalfeld’s role is planning the organization’s 100th Annual Conference set for October 2022, their first in-person conference since the start of the pandemic.

“This upcoming year is particularly exciting to be president-elect,” Saalfeld said. “I am really looking forward to the opportunities ahead.”