DSU hosts retirement reception honoring President Nadauld

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University will host a special farewell reception honoring President and Mrs. Stephen D. Nadauld on Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m., at the DSU Gardner Center Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a short program beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to join in the celebrating the Nadaulds and their time on campus.

Dr. Nadauld announced his plans to retire as the 17th president of DSU at the end of the 2013-14 academic year last October.

Nadauld was appointed interim president of then-Dixie State College on March 27, 2008. Then on January 15, 2010, the Utah State Board of Regents unanimously voted to permanently appoint Nadauld as the 17th president of DSU, and he was formally inaugurated two months later on March 19. Previously, Nadauld had served as president of Weber State University from 1985 to 1990.

During his tenure at Dixie State, Nadauld oversaw a period of great transformation at the institution, including unprecedented enrollment growth, the addition of 15 new baccalaureate degree programs and the hiring of nearly 50 new faculty members with Ph.D. credentials, and the increasing number of students graduating with two and four-year degrees. In addition, a number of campus construction and facility improvements were completed, most notably the construction of the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons.

However, Nadauld’s legacy will be forever cemented in Dixie State’s proud history thanks to his efforts in gaining university status for the institution last year. In February of 2013, both houses of the Utah State Legislature voted to pass House Bill 61 on Feb. 13, 2013 which called for Dixie State College to attain university status and change its name to Dixie State University. Three days later on Feb. 16, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed HB61 into law making DSU the sixth university in the USHE system and the third open enrollment regional university in Utah.

“Our campus and community will be eternally grateful to President and Margaret Nadauld for their leadership over the past six years,” DSU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz said. “Our rapid enrollment growth, transition to university status and campus improvements would not have been possible without the vision and determination to move our great institution forward.

“We invite the community to join us in celebrating the Nadauld’s and bidding them a fond farewell,” Schultz said. “This will be an opportunity for all of us to thank the President and Margaret for their loyal service and enduring accomplishments.”

Event details and contact information

  • When: Tuesday, April 29, from 4-7 p.m.
  • Where: DSU Gardner Center Ballroom
  • Contact: 435-652-7544

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  • Rebel All The Way April 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    To bad this clown did not retire before forcing the “Red Storm” down everybody’s throat. With him riding off into the sunset, how about we change the name back to what it never should have been changed from in the first place.
    I hate it when outsiders come here and force their way, then up and leave.

    • Curious Cat April 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Don’t blame the name change on the President. He allowed it to happen but he was not the cause of it. It is very simple, if the people want the Rebel name back, then let it be known. I’m sick of the minorities and outsiders being blamed. I’m not from here and am a minority but I love the rebel name. It should have never been changed! the mascot should have never been changed! the people of the city should grow some balls and just stand for what they want. Look at what the University of Utah did with the Utes name. Look at what the Washington Redskins did with the Redskins name. They refused to give in to pressure and they actually asked the indians if they were offended and they said no. I guarantee you that if you ask enough minorities at Dixie about the name and the mascot, most of them would rather have the ‘Rebel’ than the ‘Red Storm’. What’s more, UNLV is called the Rebels and it has 20 times more minorities living there than here. So St George, blame yourselves for not protecting your own name which was an AWESOME name!

      • Rebel All The Way April 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        Uh-no. Mr. Can’t Offend anyone was in charge. He IS to blame, whether you like it or not. Of course he isn’t the only one. But he certainly could have stopped it. And you know it.

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