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…

Cajun Syrett

Cajun Syrett is the newest member of the DSU Board of Trustees, appointed in May of 2018.

Cajun is serving as the current Dixie State University Student Body President and is a Pre-Dental student, studying Communications. He is in his fourth year at Dixie State University. Cajun has been very involved at Dixie State for the past four years where he has enjoyed his time performing with Raging Red and DSU’s Dance Company. In 2016, he was named “Mr. Dixie”, which garnered him an invitation to compete for the title of Mr. Utah in the spring of 2017. He stole the show and still holds the title of “Mr. Utah”. Also, in 2017, he received the distinguished honor of being named Entertainer of the Year during the annual Dixie Awards Ceremony. Cajun has also been highly involved with the Dixie State University Student Association, where he served as the Vice President of Student Life and the Vice President of Athletics, prior to being elected as Student Body President. Cajun enjoys supporting DSU Athletics, and participating in the nationally ranked intramural program on campus. While serving as Student Body President, Cajun is focused on being transparent and helping the student population stay informed on what is happening at the University. Additionally, Cajun will be working to make students more aware of the resources available to help them succeed in their student experience.


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…

Kelli G. Prince

Bio coming soon.

Colleen Kvetko

Colleen Kvetko was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. She moved to St. George in 2015 after retiring from the banking industry. Ms. Kvetko and her husband Kirk grew up in the Cleveland area before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Naples, Florida. She is a seasoned banking executive with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. In Naples, Florida, Ms. Kvetko was President, CEO and Chairman of Fifth Third Bank; President and CEO of a local community bank, Shamrock Bank; and is currently a Bank Director for First Florida Integrity Bank. She was named by the America Banker Magazine as one of the “Twenty-Five Most Powerful Women in Banking”, ranked tenth in 2004 and fifth in 2005. Ms Kvetko has always given her time and talent to the community organizations including the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Naples Daily News Advisory Board, Florida Bankers Association, Sheriff Advisory Committee, Hodges University Board of Trustees, and Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, to name a few. Ms Kvetko is currently on the Board of Directors of First Florida Integrity Bank in Naples, Florida; the Board for PAWS in Heber City/Midway, Utah; and is a volunteer at Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah. She has been married to Kirk for 40 years and they reside in St George, Utah.