Al Schultz, MPA

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Sussex, WI

Undergraduate education

Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science with a minor in integrated liberal studies, UW–Madison

Professional/research interests

Rulemaking, administrative processes, budgeting

Expected graduation date

May 2025

Why an MPA?

I was always drawn to work in the public sector going back to my time as an undergraduate. As I’ve worked with the Universities of Wisconsin and UW–Madison post-graduation, my interest in policy and public affairs has grown and led me to pursue a degree to gain a greater understanding of the policy making process and public administration.

Why the La Follette School?

I was drawn to the La Follette School due to its location in Wisconsin and its embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea. Following a career in public affairs to me has always meant giving back to and having consideration for the larger communities we are nestled within.

Career goals?

My career goal is to pursue a career in public policy or administration within higher education or government.

How have your La Follette School courses set you on the path to meeting your career goals?

La Follette courses have challenged me to think critically about situations and understand the multifaceted contexts in which issues and situations exist. It is this ability to approach complex situations that has proven most beneficial.

Most challenging La Follette School experience

The most challenging experience at the La Follette School has been getting back into the swing of studying after over eight years of being out of school and balancing this with my job as an Accountant II with the university.

Most rewarding La Follette School experience

The most rewarding experience has been getting to know such an incredible community of students, faculty, and administrative staff. It’s incredible to see the energy and talent all brought to bear in one program.

How has the La Follette School changed the way you think about public policy?

It made me consider the complexity and layers that go into the decision and policy making process. Things are never as simple as they seem. You’ll never have all the answers, but with the appropriate skills and education you will be better prepared to tackle situations as they come your way.

Before the La Follette School

I have worked in various administrative positions at the Universities of Wisconsin and UW–Madison.

Anything else?

I enjoy reading, cooking, mid-century modern design and decorating, and clothing.

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