Admissions Staff Update

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2017

This will be a summer of mixed emotions as our UCSC Admissions staff family bids goodbye to a cherished member and says hello to a wonderful new addition.

Jay Shinseki, Assistant Director, Frontline

Jay Shinseki

Jay, who retired in June, was in charge of the busy front desk in Admissions, including in-person visits, phone calls, and e-mails, running a staff of several full-time employees and student workers, and doing work that spanned two buildings in different areas of the campus. 

"I have mixed emotions about retiring," Jay said, "mostly because of the exceptional people who work with me at UCSC. I have made some wonderful friends along the way." The feeling is certainly mutual. During his 12 years at UCSC, Jay has earned praise and gratitude from both fellow staff members and prospective students and families. 

Dedicated to service, Jay has also worked as a Buddhist minister for 36 years, currently serving at the Buddhist churches in the California cities of Monterey and Watsonville.


Chris Peltier, Assistant Director of Global Admissions

Chris PeltierWe recently enthusiastically welcomed our new Global Admissions Assistant Director, Chris Peltier, who will be overseeing both international and out-of-state admissions.

Prior to joining UC Santa Cruz, Chris has admitted and advised thousands of students on their choice of U.S. higher education. He has overseen efforts in recruitment, admissions, immigration regulations, cultural adjustment, and student success. His work travels have taken him to 40 countries, with Southeast Asia the most frequent destination. Chris worked in Thailand building an English Language program at Far Eastern University while on the Princeton In Asia program. He returned to the U.S. and studied Intercultural Relations, volunteering in professional associations such as NAFSA and SIETAR to advance international and intercultural study.

Originally from Reno, Nevada, Chris has lived in six states and two countries and enjoys the chance to learn the favorite foods, activities, and celebrations of the regions he visits. He enjoys outdoor time, whether skiing or hiking, or an occasional concert. Favorite indoor activities include ice hockey, cooking, or eating great food.

Chris can be reached at or 831.824.6854.