Garrett Payne








Name: Garrett Payne (he/him)

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Affairs (Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA); Associate of Science in Health Sciences (Three Rivers College, Poplar Bluff, Montana, USA); Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Operations Studies (Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA)

Area(s) of Campus Involvement: Previous Student-Athlete (Baseball); Current ROTC


Q: What are your current career plans upon having completed your Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration?
A: “Following completion of the program, I plan on commissioning into the United States Army.”

Q: What inspired you to enter the field of higher education as a future career?
A: “I love being a part of a team and community. I want to be a member of an organization that is service-driven, and I think higher education provides that opportunity.”

Q: What is your favorite class in the CSPA program, and why?
A: “My favorite class is History of Higher Education. I love to understand how the past influences the present and figure out the ‘why’ in our traditions.”

Q: Share one experience in the CSPA program that you have enjoyed.
“I really enjoy the cohort model and the enriching environment it creates in the classroom. It creates a space representative of the kind we will work with in the future.”

Q: What have you learned about yourself through your time at UCA and the CSPA program?
“My time at UCA and in the program has reinforced my decision to attend UCA and the CSPA program. Hindsight is 20/20, and I would choose this program and school again if I had the chance.”

Q: What advice would you share with people interested in studying about and receiving training in higher education?
“Do it! If you are unsure about what you want to do but you know you want to help others and be a part of a community, higher education is the place for you.”