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President Williams to Address Final DSU Colleagues Meeting

April 1, 2015

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Dixie State University President Dr. Richard B. Williams will address the final President’s Colleagues of Dixie State meeting of the 2014-15 academic year this Monday, May 4. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

President Williams will deliver his first annual “State of the University” address, which will include updated information on development of the institution’s new strategic plan, degree offerings, enrollment, and university benchmarks, among other topics. He will also answer questions following the presentation.

Williams was announced as the 18th President of Dixie State University on July 17, 2014. Prior to his arrival to DSU, Williams served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Indiana State University. Previous to his appointment as provost, Williams was the founding Dean of ISU’s College of Nursing, Health and Human Services, for which he led the development of six new degree programs designed to address the state’s critical shortage of healthcare workers.

Williams had also served as an associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a faculty member, executive associate director of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services, and chair of the Division of Athletic Training. At UNI, he helped create a private-public partnership between the local hospital, medical community, and university that resulted in the construction of a two-story human performance center that served the surrounding rural communities.

A native of Brigham City, Utah, Williams holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Lifestyle Management from Weber State University, a Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University, established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSU, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The Colleagues series will return for the 2015-16 academic this fall.