Margaret S. Mertz will join the University of Florida College of Fine Arts as the new Associate Dean of Research, Technology & Administrative Affairs. In this role, Mertz will lead, expand and coordinate the college’s body of research and grant funding by managing current research, and supporting new research/grant opportunities in the college, its schools, centers and institute. The Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Programs also oversees faculty support programs and faculty and student awards and supervises the college’s three centers: Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE), Center for Arts and Public Policy and Center for World Arts.
Mertz currently serves as executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). She received her doctorate in music from Harvard University in 1990. Mertz also holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. John’s College in New Mexico. Mertz’s previous leadership roles include music professor at Harvard University, head of the department of music at The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West in Montezuma, N.M., chair of the department of communications and fine arts at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and dean of general studies at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.