President’s Message

President’s Message


Welcome to Dixie State University! It is an exciting time to be here and I congratulate you for choosing to further your education at an institution that is on the rise.

 As your president, I look to continue the forward momentum of university growth, while building upon the rich heritage, legacy, and the Dixie Spirit that has sustained this institution for more than 100 years.

 As a regional state university, we promote our campus-wide culture of learning by providing our students with rigorous instruction and personalized attention delivered by a talented roster of highly trained and educated faculty. We are proud to offer nearly 60 undergraduate programs and 25 highly sought after bachelor degree programs. As part of our mission, Dixie State has also maintained its role as a community college in providing several educational and vocational opportunities to our students.

Many of our graduates have left Dixie to begin exciting careers, or have advanced on to further their studies at some of the best graduate, medical, engineering and law schools in the country. In the near future, Dixie State will add a number of new four-year degree programs, and will begin offering master’s degree programs in various courses of study that will enhance not only our University standing, but also the community we serve.

We embrace and celebrate a culture of values and we take pride in fostering a spirit of service, citizenship, diversity, ethics and collaboration – all of which are hallmarks of a true university.

In addition to the valuable education and training you will receive in the classroom, our students enjoy an incredible array of activity options that truly enrich the college experience. DSU offers a number of extracurricular activities, including several lecture and forum series, cultural arts, weekly on-campus events, and more than 70 clubs and organizations that foster a sense of belonging and school pride.

Our Dixie State Athletics program is a proud competing member of the NCAA at the Division II level, with league affiliations with the Pacific West and Great Northwest Athletic conferences. Our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the field of play, where they have won several conference titles and are nationally-ranked annually. DSU also features an ever-growing intramural program that promotes not only physical fitness, but fitness of the mind, which is a key component in any learning environment.

We are fortunate that Dixie State is located in arguably one of the most picturesque settings in the world. Several national and state parks, along with other outdoor recreational opportunities, are located just minutes from campus. You can enjoy studying outside year-round as we offer at least 300 days of sunshine and average temperatures in the 70s.

Our community is served well by our graduates. Since its founding in 1911, Dixie State and the St. George community have grown together and have supported each other through both prosperous and lean times. St. George is our “University Town,” and DSU is the community’s university, and united through the Dixie Spirit, together WE ARE DIXIE!

I wish you the very best in your academic pursuits and look forward to celebrating your success.

Richard B. Williams, PhD, ATC
Dixie State University