Joy Walton

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Joy Walton

Joy has more than 24 years of experience assisting colleges, universities and research institutions with information systems design and implementation, research administration, and operational improvement. She is a founding member of the firm and currently serves as a managing director as well as the talent and culture executive sponsor within Huron’s education business.

About Joy

Joy has over 24 years of experience leading strategic, operational and technology transformations, including serving as a leader in growing the firm’s cloud and enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities for Huron’s higher education and healthcare clients. Throughout her career, Joy has:

  • Led numerous universities through software selection and implementation projects, including applications for pre-award and compliance functionality, financial systems, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
  • Managed a comprehensive PeopleSoft Grants 8.4 implementation and process redesign project at a large, public Midwest university, impacting the research foundation, university and health system.
  • Overseen the development of a financial system strategy and system readiness assessment for a large private research university and academic health center, focusing on the business needs of senior-level financial and academic officers, department managers, and principal investigators across the institution.
  • Conducted a diagnostic review of the contracts and grants accounting function at a public research university, focused on compliance, organizational, process, personnel and technological issues of the post-award process.
  • Led a management review of administrative processes for a major multicampus, state-governed university system, which resulted in detailed recommendations for administrative areas such as business services, purchasing, facilities and planning, human resources, payroll, information technology, grants and contracts, auxiliaries, and public safety.

Joy is a frequent speaker at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and Oracle/PeopleSoft higher education user meetings.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Areas of Expertise

  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Student Information Systems


  • Education & Research
  • Healthcare

Education & Certifications

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Certified public accountant (CPA)


  • Podcast: Smoothing the Transition to the Cloud

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    In the first episode of the podcast series “Transforming Higher Ed With Cloud Technology,” Huron experts discuss how the cloud is transforming higher education.

  • Prepare for the Cloud: The Unique Challenges of Grants Management

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    It is essential that the research and IT teams collaborate and communicate during a grants management cloud implementation.

  • Transform Your Higher Ed Institution With Cloud Technology

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    Listen to this podcast series on how higher education can successfully transition to the cloud. Hear from higher ed thought leaders and people whose institutions are making the transition.

  • The Path to Cloud Implementation in Higher Education

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    From project goals to change management, there's a lot to consider when developing your higher education cloud implementation roadmap.

  • Data Preparation for Cloud Implementation

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    Before you move to the Cloud, prepare your university's data by taking a full inventory of all the technology systems and integrations used at your university.

  • Modernize Your Business Processes With the Cloud

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    For higher education institutions, moving to the Cloud requires a complete evaluation of current business processes.

  • Who Should Lead Your University's Change Management Effort?

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    As part of change management, its important to find someone who can communicate changes to stakeholders and ensure success in the higher ed cloud implementation.

  • Migrating to the Cloud Can Be Transformational

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    Huron partnered with Ovum to develop a point of view on how higher education can leverage a cloud migration to optimize key services and realign the strategy.

  • How to Develop a Financial Plan for Cloud Implementation

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    A step-by-step checklist can help you develop a financial plan for cloud implementation in higher education.

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