Miriam Payne

Associate Director of Admissions

B.A. in Anthropology & Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.L.I.S in Library and Information Sciences, Rutgers University

A couple decades ago, Miriam heard about a little program called Where There Be Dragons that was taking students to the edges of the map. She signed up for a 6-week trekking program high onto the Tibetan plateau in the Dolpo region of Nepal, and she has been traveling ever since.

During her travels to 23 countries on 6 continents, she has circumnavigated both the planet on a 1950s ocean liner and the island of Iceland in a 1996 Subaru; visited the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha and the world’s largest indoor seated bronze Buddha; and been awoken at all hours by roosters, loud music, fire alarms, and las bombas.

Along the way, she discovered a love of spreadsheets and went on to earn a Master’s of Information Science from Rutgers. These days you can find her in the Dragons administrative offices, wrangling student medical forms and performing bureaucratic gymnastics to help students acquire travel visas.