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…


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…


Elisabeth Rhodes Bingham

Elisabeth Rhodes Bingham was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2009.

Elisabeth is a noted humanitarian and patron of the arts. She is the co-founder of Humanitarian Experience for Youth (see a non-profit international humanitarian aid organization that every year offers hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to work in over ten different countries. She is also the Co-founder of the Ashby Foundation that provides educational and employment assistance to the people of Cape Verde, West Africa. Together these two organizations have provided more than 400,000+ hours of community service. READ MORE…

Sarah Ramaker

Sarah Ramaker

Sarah is from Midland, Michigan and began her involvement at Dixie State by being recruited to choreograph for Dixie’s song and dance performing team. As a Fine Arts major, she was asked to serve as the Fine Arts Senator for the college on the Student Senate. While on the senate, she helped to pass numerous bills, as well as bring awareness to the school’s academic integrity policy. 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…


Hal Hiatt

Hal Hiatt currently serves as DSU Alumni Association President and has served on the DSU Board of Trustees since 2010.

(Bio coming soon)


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…


Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2014.

A native of Park City, Utah, Thomas is a graduate of the University of Utah with two Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Russian. Wright currently serves as president and principal broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. He was also a top-producing sales agent with Prudential Utah Real Estate and marketing director for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty prior to joining Summit Sotheby’s. Wright has been a national speaker in the real estate industry, speaking to large and small groups on all facets of the business. READ MORE…