Mr. Mike Payne

Associate Director of Admission
JV Baseball Coach 

After coming here every summer for the past 12 years to work at Camp Ridgecrest in Black Mountain, Associate Director of Admission Mike Payne was delighted to finally be a first-time resident of the Asheville area in 2018.

Mr. Payne was born and raised in Warrenton, Va., with a family tradition of boarding school; one of his grandfathers is a graduate of Virginia Episcopal and a great grandfather was a headmaster at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Mr. Payne himself graduated from Virginia’s Christchurch School, where he served as a prefect, played baseball and soccer, and was a head tour guide. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington.

After college, Mr. Payne lived in Charleston, S.C., and Chatham, Va., where he served as an admission counselor, presidential ambassador coordinator, and varsity baseball coach at Hargrave Military Academy.

Mr. Payne’s hobbies include playing guitar, watching sports, being active in the gym, and traveling.