News of the College Novemberautumn2006

Two New Trustees Elected to Reed Board

The Reed board of trustees elected two new members—Michael Mercy ’87 and Sandy Mintz—at its October 2006 meeting.

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Michael Mercy is a fulltime emergency physician practicing in Idaho. He served as chair and medical director of the emergency department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, one of the largest emergency departments in Idaho and the only Level-2 trauma center in the state, from 1997 to 2005. Mercy is a consultant for the American College of Surgeons, verifying trauma facilities throughout the nation, and is medical director for Initiatives Healthcare, Inc., a hospital management company.

While at Reed, Mercy reinstituted Reed’s then-defunct African American Student Union, worked for three years as a “dorm dad,” and DJ’d many parties. He has served as an admission volunteer for 13 years.

After double-majoring in chemistry and biology at Reed, Mercy earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his training in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and served as chief resident in his final year.

A prominent member of the Boise medical and charitable communities, he is a former trustee of Albertson College of Idaho, and has served on the boards of the Idaho Black History Museum and the Ada County Medical Society. Mercy is also a community activist, advocating access for citizens to substance-abuse treatment and mental healthcare, and frequently gives talks on substance abuse at local high schools. Currently, he is serving on the board of the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mercy is an accomplished fencer, and enjoys bike racing and skiing. He lives in Boise with his six-year-old twins.


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Sandy Mintz has been closely associated with Reed College since 1971. She traveled frequently to Reed from New York with her late husband, Walter Mintz ’50, who was a member of the board of trustees from 1971 until his death in 2004, serving as chairman of the board from 1998 to 2002. Throughout more than 30 years of attending Reed gatherings, Sandy has cared deeply about, and invested generously in, the college’s success. She and Walter served as the college’s principal ambassadors in New York City, where both were involved in business and philanthropic activities. A masterful communicator, Sandy worked for many years as a book and magazine editor.