Distinguished Service Award


The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to recognize an individual in the SACUBO region for his or her distinguished service to higher education in the field of business and financial management. The award is presented at the SACUBO Annual Meeting.

2018 Recipient

Mary Lou Merkt is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Mary Lou has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Furman University since 2003. For the past twelve years, Mary Lou has served in leadership roles in both SACUBO and NACUBO. During her time on these boards, she was instrumental in developing strategic plans for both organizations to improve and expand services to higher education business officers.

Mary Lou has been active in various other higher education organizations such as Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, the Associated Colleges of the South, the Southern (Athletic) Conference, and the Forum on Study Abroad, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Her service to higher education goes beyond serving in leadership roles in these organizations. She has also mentored many individuals across the country and helped them develop personally and professionally. Mary Lou’s investment in higher education cannot be overstated.

Mary Lou Merkt

2018 Recipient

Mary Lou Merkt

Furman University