Distinguished Service Award


Nomination Period is Open

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 2019 award will presented at the SACUBO Annual Meeting in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the selection committee and with approval of the SACUBO Board of Directors. It is not required that the award be given annually.

The nomination period for the 2019 Distinguished Services Award is open. Please complete and submit the nomination form by February 1. Questions can be emailed to info@sacubo.org.

Guidelines and Eligibility

  • Candidates must be contributing members of our professional community, and must be, or have been, directly associated with managing resources in higher education.
  • Candidates must show mature and effective professional skills, leadership ability, and vision.
  • Candidates may not be currently serving on the SACUBO Board, staff, or Distinguished Service Committee.
  • Anyone, within or outside of higher education, may submit nominations for the award.
Download Nomination Form

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