President’s Colleagues meeting to look at Snow family’s influence

Sharing about the life of his grandfather Edward Hunter Snow, who founded many early business ventures and water projects in Washington County, Dr. Karl Snow will present at the next installment of the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University meeting series.

The meeting will take place at noon on March 4 in Lecture Hall 156 of Dixie State’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 East Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Karl Snow will address his grandfather’s influence on Southern Utah, including his involvement with the Bank of St. George, Dixie College and Southern Utah University. Additionally, Edward Snow served as the stake president of the St. George Stake for 24 years and chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission.

Karl Snow's roots run deep in Utah's Dixie. In fact, he and his wife, Donna, erected a monument to his great-grandfather Erastus Snow. The monument stands at the north entrance of the St. George Tabernacle and commemorates the pioneers who founded St. George. Additionally, his maternal grandfather established the first hospital in St. George in 1913.

Karl Snow was the founder and director of a two-year graduate program in public administration at Brigham Young University and went on to be named the institution’s assistant vice president for development. He also served as Utah’s first state legislative analyst and as a Utah State Senator, including a 12-year stint as the chairman of the State Constitutional Revision Commission. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, a master's from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Public Administration.

From 1998 to 2001, Karl and Donna Snow opened the International Affairs Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City. They later served as church hosts for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City before being called to Southeast Africa as humanitarian directors for six southeast countries. They returned to Southeast Africa four times to assist the church’s support for World Health Measles Immunizations.

The President’s Colleagues meeting series will continue on April 1 in the Taylor Health Science Center with a presentation by Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, director of cancer genomics for Intermountain Healthcare.

The President’s Colleagues of DSU, established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals. Alder, who also started DSU’s Honors Program, organized the group as a way to increase academic activities on campus.