Dixie State University Board of Trustees elects leadership, welcomes new member
By Kreston Humphries
July 13, 2016
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Dixie State University’s Board of Trustees elected its leadership for the upcoming academic year. David Clark, who has served as the board’s vice chair since November 2013, was elected as chair, and Julie Bangerter Beck was named vice chair of the institution’s governing board.
In addition to the change of leadership, DSU will begin the 2016-17 academic year with a new board member. The board will be joined by DSU Student Association President Sarah Ramaker.
Clark, who has served on the DSU Board since 2012, is replacing outgoing chair Dr. Christina Juarez Durham, who held the position for the last two years and will remain on the board as a trustee.
Clark retired this year from Zions Bank, where he most recently served as the senior vice president of international trade and finance. Additionally, he represented Utah’s 74th District (Washington County) in the State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2012. In 2006, Clark was elected as majority leader and in 2008, he was voted Speaker of the House.
A resident of Santa Clara, Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, where he played football under legendary coach LaVell Edwards. Clark also holds degrees from the National Commercial Lenders Graduate School and the Pacific Coast School of Banking.
Beck was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2012. Inducted into the Dixie State University Hall of Fame for Public & College Service in 2007, Beck was a member of the Dixie College Program Bureau, the executive council and the Rebelettes during her time at Dixie. She went on to complete her education at BYU.
Beck has served in leadership roles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most recently as the Church’s Relief Society general president. As part of her responsibilities, she was a member of the Church Board of Education and the Boards of Trustees for four of the church’s universities.
Ramaker is from Midland, Mich., and is a dance major who moved to St. George to choreograph for Dixie’s song and dance performing team, Raging Red. Ramaker’s involvement with student government began as the fine arts senator in 2014. She then was named vice president of student life in 2015. This year, she also serves as the executive vice president for the Utah Student Association.
Ramaker remains heavily involved in DSU’s Dance Department, where she has received numerous awards, including student of the semester. She was also the first student to be named entertainer of the year two years in a row at the Dixie Awards.
Dixie State University’s Board of Trustees is the institution’s governing board, appointed by the governor of Utah and approved by the Utah State Senate, and acts as a liaison between the institution and the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees assists with and approves the university’s mission, traditions, strategic planning, policies, budgets, new degree programs and honorary degrees.