Margaret Stover Mertz is the Planned and Major Giving Officer for the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Major and Planned Gifts and Director of Development for St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She also has previously served as the Associate Dean for Research, Technology and Administrative Affairs in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida from 2011 to 2014 and as Chair of the Board of Directors for South Arts, the regional arts organization serving the nine southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana (based in Atlanta, GA). She was Executive Director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts from 2003 to 2011, and Dean of the Division of General Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 1999 until 2003. From 1995-2007, she served in various roles as a consultant for the International Baccalaureate.


In April 2008, Margaret was recognized as one of the first two recipients of a new award, presented to a non-IB staff member who has advanced the work and ideals of that organization in a creative, visionary way and has provided extraordinary service over a period of time. She holds her bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe; and her master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Harvard University.


Earlier in her career, she held multiple teaching and administrative posts at St. John’s College, Santa Fe; Harvard University; the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (UWC-USA); and New Mexico Highlands University.


Her professional interests include creativity and creative practices; contemporary issues in teaching and learning; the integration of the fine and performing arts into the standard course of study at the secondary and tertiary levels; the development of academic technology and e-learning environments; international curriculum and assessment in music, in addition to various studies of western and world music traditions.

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