Margaret Holt is a retired faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia, and since 1981 has been an associate with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. She is one of six founders of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that annually awards scholarships to older women pursuing higher education. In 2018, she was honored by her state representative, Deborah Gonzalez, on behalf of the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus, to receive a Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award.
She has co-authored two books on educational certificate programs and written numerous articles and reports considering impact evaluations and follow-up studies. She is former editor of the journal Innovative Higher Education and has served as an advisor to the Phi Kappa Phi Journal, The National Forum. In 1993, she was appointed by the United States Secretary of Defense to a four-year term on the Board of Visitors for the Community College of the Air Force.
She has conducted evaluations for such organizations as the National Science Foundation, Army Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, World Vision, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services, and the US Department of Education.
Her professional interests include technology (distance education) and learning, evaluation, and program planning. She has taught adult learning theory, program development, public policy and adult education, and instructional methods. She is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and received her EdD in adult education from the University of Georgia.