Associate Director, Finance & Operations


Zhanat Elliston is the Associate Director of Finance and Operations for the Office of Undergraduate Education. With over a decade of higher education experience, she has traveled around the globe and worked in leadership positions managing finances and business operations. Zhanat Elliston has an M.B.A. in finance and accounting and a doctorate in higher education leadership. Both degrees were obtained while on scholarships and grants that were awarded based on a combination of academic achievement and an award that focused on developing leaders. Throughout her career, Zhanat’s personal quest has been in long distance running, which culminated in finishing full marathons in five continents. She fluently speaks Russian, Kazakh, and English and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.