DSU interim VP of academics addresses final President’s Colleagues meeting

Dr. Donald Ray Hinton | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University’s Interim Vice President of Academics Dr. Donald Ray Hinton will address the final President’s Colleagues of Dixie State meeting of the 2012-13 academic year on Monday.

The meeting will be held at noon in Room 156 of the DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center on the Dixie Regional Medical Center River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive in St. George. It is free and open to the public.

Hinton, who also serves as DSU dean of the School of Arts and Letters, will present the annual “State of the University” report, which will include an overview of DSU’s journey to attain university status, recent degree program additions and the immediate future of the institution. He will also answer audience questions following his presentation.

A native of Hurricane, Hinton graduated from Hurricane High School, attended then-Dixie College  and later graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in speech and drama. After spending four and a half years in the army, he served as a reserve public affairs officer, completing summer tours with the army for six years at 6th Army Headquarters in San Francisco, five years at the Pentagon and three years at the Army’s Military Traffic Management Command in Alexandria, Va.

Hinton accepted an appointment to teach at Dixie College in 1977. During his 36 years as a faculty member, he has focused his energy in the speech communication area, including coaching the forensic squad and directing theater. He has written and directed 19 reader’s theater productions, capturing seven national honors, and produced 12 full-length stage productions. Throughout his years at DSU, Hinton has frequently taught workshops and seminars on communication-related subjects.

During his tenure at DSU, Hinton has served as faculty association president and on a wide range of committees. In September 1994, Hinton was appointed as chairman of the Fine Arts Department, a post he held until June 2000, when began his service as mission president of the China Hong Kong Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return in 2003, he was appointed interim dean of the Division of Arts, Letters and Sciences and became dean three years later.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University, founded nearly 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 area. Alder, who also started an honors program at DSU, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus. The Colleagues meet once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from one another and/or invited guests. The Colleagues meeting series will return for the 2013-14 academic year on Oct. 7.

Event details and contact information

Date: May 6

Time: Noon

Location: Room 156, DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center River Road campus

Admission: Free

Contact: Dixie State University – 435-652-7500

Submitted by: Dixie State University

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @STGnews

Dr. Donald Ray Hinton | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News
Dr. Donald Ray Hinton | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

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