Director of study abroad
Miguel Ayllon, Ph.D., was appointed interim director of study abroad for the International Center in January 2018. He formerly served as the director of international engineering and STEM programs, a position shared by the MU College of Engineering and International Center. During Miguel's tenure, the College of Engineering reached record study abroad enrollment and the college's first academic collaborations with Latin America were developed.
A native of Lima, Peru, Miguel came to the United States in 1999 as an international student. He joined the University of Missouri in 2008 as a residence hall coordinator, and became a study abroad adviser for the International Center in 2011, advising for Spain and Latin America. In 2013, he transitioned to the international outreach coordinator role for the College of Engineering, where he led study abroad programs in Costa Rica, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain.
During his time at MU, Miguel has been actively engaged with MU's diversity and inclusion efforts. He served as president of MU Voz Latina (Hispanic/Latin America Faculty and Staff Association) from 2009 to 2014, and has been serving as adviser for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. since 2013. Miguel is also an emergent national leader in the field of international education through his recent service as a country coordinator for the NAFSA: Association of International Educators World at Large Consular Affairs Liaison team. In this role, he led a team of international education professionals that responded to education abroad student visa inquiries related to countries other than France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Miguel graduated with bachelor's degrees in business administration and communication arts from Bryan College in 2004, and earned a master's degree in public administration from East Tennessee State University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri in 2016.
Miguel's priority is to offer affordable global experiential learning opportunities to Mizzou students.