Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees


David Clark


Dixie State University Board of Trustees

David Clark was appointed to Dixie State’s Board of Trustees in May of 2012, and was named Board Vice Chair in November of 2013.

Clark is currently the Southern Utah Regional Vice President for Zions Bank, for which he has worked for more than 35 years. He has also been an active member of the St. George Rotary Club and was recognized as a Rotarian of the Year in 1998. In addition, Clark represented Utah’s 74th District (Washington County) in the State House of Representatives from 2001-12. In 2006, he was elected to serve as majority leader and in November of 2008, he was voted Speaker of the House. READ MORE…


Julie Bangerter Beck

Vice Chair,

Julie Bangerter Beck was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2012. Beck, who was inducted into the Dixie State University Hall of Fame in the area of Public & College Service in 2007, was a performing member of the famed Dixie College Program Bureau, a member of the executive council and marched with the Rebelettes during her time at Dixie. She went on to complete her education at Brigham Young University. As a full-time homemaker, Beck has been active in many educational and community efforts. She has been a leader in parent teacher associations, school district advisory councils, music teacher associations, community celebrations and local politics. READ MORE…

Lindsay T. Atwood

Lindsay T. Atwood has founded, developed, and sold six companies over the last 37 years. In 1991, he founded paradise Optical and Alpine Vision centers. As part of this venture, which he oversaw for four years, he managed a small chain of optical stores that were only accessible to contracted health plans and their members.READ MORE…


Larry Bergeson

Washington County School District Superintendent Larry Bergeson was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2014.

A native of Driggs, Idaho, Bergeson was appointed WCSD superintendent in 2013, after serving six years as principal at Dixie High School (2007-13), and previously as principal at Hurricane Middle School from 2001-07.

Prior to his arrival to southern Utah, he worked 15 years as an educator in Wyoming, where he was a teacher and special education director, and served eight years as principal at Lyman HS. Bergeson began his career in education at Preston (ID) HS, where he taught for four years. READ MORE…

Dr. Christina Juarez Durham

Dixie State University Board of Trustees

Dr. Christina J. Durham was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2013, and was named Board Chair in July of 2014.

Dr. Durham is a licensed psychologist and trained mediator. She and her husband have four children and six grandchildren. She was primarily a homemaker until their youngest child started kindergarten – after which, with significant family support, she pursued her education. She earned an associate degree in Human Services from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University as well as a Post-Doctoral Master in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University. READ MORE…

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Russ Feller

Russ Feller ’84 grew up in St. George, Utah. Most of his family attended Dixie including his mother, three brothers, and one sister. It has become a beloved family tradition to go to Dixie. While at Dixie in 1979 he began studying science. After returning home from a LDS mission, he changed his major to business where he loved studying accounting and math, which he uses even (still) today. He graduated with his Associate of Science degree with a Marketing Certificate in 1984. READ MORE

Ezra Hainsworth

Ezra Hainsworth is a senior communication studies major from St. George, UT. Ezra has been involved in student leadership for his entire college career starting in 2011 and building relationships with people is his passion. As student body president of Dixie State University, Ezra plans to continue and improve upon the rapid progress that Dixie State has made in the past several years. He wants to facilitate a “work hard, play hard” culture wherever he is. More than anything else, he wants students of all diverse backgrounds to feel included and welcome in any and all campus activities.


Jon Pike

Jon Pike has served on the DSU Board of Trustees since 2009, and served as Board Vice Chair from April 2012 to November 2013.

Pike was raised in Salt Lake City and received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College. Jon has been with Intermountain Healthcare/SelectHealth for 23 years.

One of the highlights of Jon’s career has been working as project manager for the construction of the new hospital, which opened in 2003. He currently works for the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare, SelectHealth, as their Regional Operations Director in Southwest Utah. READ MORE…


Gail Cooper Smith

Gail Cooper Smith was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2011.

A seventh generation native of Utah’s Dixie, Smith was born in St. George and raised in neighboring Washington. Following her graduation from Dixie College, she completed work on her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Brigham Young University. Smith excelled as a college athlete and was a member of Dixie’s first Women’s ICAC basketball team, and is credited in making the winning free throw to bring home the championship trophy from the BYU Invitational. Later Smith taught both high school and junior high school, and coached basketball at Centerville Junior High. READ MORE…

Tiffany L. Wilson

Tiffany Larkin Wilson is a native of Southern Utah, having grown up in the heart of St. George. She is a graduate of Dixie High School and Dixie College, where she served as ASDC Organizations Vice-President, and was Miss Dixie College in 1986. Tiffany is also a graduate of Brigham Young University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science.READ MORE…