Board of Trustees
Steven G. Caplin
Chair, Dixie State University Board of Trustees
Steven G. Caplin has served on the DSU Board of Trustees since 2005, and was named Board Chair in 2010.
Caplin is currently the president and CEO of Steton Technology, the leading provider of application software leveraged by professionals responsible for public health, consumer safety and quality assurance. Prior to forming Steton, Steve was successful in sales and business management at IBM, as well as in corporate accounting at Southland Financial Corporation.
Caplin is involved in community service and currently serves on the Governing Board of Intermountain Health Care’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. Previous community service includes serving as member and chair of the Santa Clara City Economic Development Council. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas, where he focused on high technology entrepreneurship and competitive corporate strategy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from Southern Utah University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Steve and his wife Toni (Brooks) have three children and two grandchildren, and live in Santa Clara, Utah.
Vice Chair, Dixie State University Board of Trustees
David Clark was appointed to Dixie State’s Board of Trustees in May of 2012, and was named Board Vice Chair in November of 2013.
Clark is currently the Southern Utah Regional Vice President for Zions Bank, for which he has worked for more than 35 years. He has also been an active member of the St. George Rotary Club and was recognized as a Rotarian of the Year in 1998. In addition, Clark represented Utah's 74th District (Washington County) in the State House of Representatives from 2001-12. In 2006, he was elected to serve as majority leader and in November of 2008, he was voted Speaker of the House.
A resident of Santa Clara, Clark and his wife and high school sweetheart, Nan Nielsen Clark, have four children and 10 grandchildren. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Brigham Young University where he played football under legendary coach LaVell Edwards. In addition, he also holds degrees from the National Commercial Lenders Graduate School and the Pacific Coast School of Banking. In 2010, Clark served as DSC’s 99th Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree as part of the ceremony.
Julie B. Beck
Julie B. Beck was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2012.
Beck, who was inducted into the Dixie State University Hall of Fame in the area of Public & College Service in 2007, was a performing member of the famed Dixie College Program Bureau, a member of the executive council and marched with the Rebelettes during her time at Dixie. She went on to complete her education at Brigham Young University. As a full-time homemaker, Beck has been active in many educational and community efforts. She has been a leader in parent teacher associations, school district advisory councils, music teacher associations, community celebrations and local politics.
In addition, 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, a role she held for five years until her release this past April. As part of her responsibilities, she was a member of the Church Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of four Church universities; and was on the Executive and General councils for Welfare and the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church. In addition, Beck served on the Church’s Young Women General Board and as First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
Born in Granger, Utah, Beck moved to Brazil at the age of four with her family when her father, Elder William Grant Bangerter, was called to preside over the Brazilian Mission for the LDS Church for five years. A resident of Alpine, Utah, she and her husband, Ramon P. Beck, are the parents of three children.
Elisabeth Rhodes Bingham
Elisabeth Rhodes Bingham was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2009.
Elisabeth is a noted humanitarian and patron of the arts. She is the co-founder of Humanitarian Experience for Youth (see www.hefy.org) a non-profit international humanitarian aid organization that every year offers hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to work in over ten different countries. She is also the Co-founder of the Ashby Foundation that provides educational and employment assistance to the people of Cape Verde, West Africa. Together these two organizations have provided more than 400,000+ hours of community service.
Elisabeth is active in the community and DSU. In addition to her Trustee role, she serves on DSU's National Advisory Council (past chair). She is on the Board of Directors for Tuacahn Center for the Arts and Tuacahn High School, the first charter school in Utah. She has also served as a board member for Dixie’s Art Invitational and has been involved in other community positions including Fine Arts Commissioner for the city of Cupertino, CA.
Elisabeth loves music and was a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices choir conducted by Gladys Knight. She has sung with Lieto and the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, both local community choirs. She has moonlighted as a viola and violin teacher and played in several university and community orchestras.
Elisabeth is a Cum Laude graduate of BYU and holds a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Prior to having a family, she was employed as the Director of Cancer Control for Central Massachusetts. Elisabeth and her husband are the parents of four children. Elisabeth is active in her church and served several times as the president of the women’s as well as the young women’s organizations.
Dr. Christina Juarez Durham
Dr. Christina J. Durham was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2013
Hal Hiatt currently serves as DSU Alumni Association President and has served on the DSU Board of Trustees since 2010.
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Carlos Morgan was elected to be the Student Body President of Dixie State University for the 2013-14 academic year. He has served in student government since his freshman year, as a member of the publicity branch. He served an LDS mission in the Philippines Quezon City Mission from 2009 to 2011. Upon returning from his mission he got involved helping organize a branch of the service organization Circle K International, then became the Non-Traditional Clubs Representative. Previous to becoming Student Body President he served as the Communication Senator.
He was born in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines, and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. When he was seven his family moved to Santa Clara, Utah, where he has lived since that time (with the exception of two years in the Philippines). He currently is a communication major with a human communication emphasis, and plans on attending graduate school. He enjoys reading, writing music on the guitar and piano, and service.
Jon Pike has served on the DSU Board of Trustees since 2009, and served as Board Vice Chair from April 2012 to November 2013.
Pike was raised in Salt Lake City and received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College. Jon has been with Intermountain Healthcare/SelectHealth for 23 years.
One of the highlights of Jon’s career has been working as project manager for the construction of the new hospital, which opened in 2003. He currently works for the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare, SelectHealth, as their Regional Operations Director in Southwest Utah.
In November 2013, Jon was elected Mayor of St. George City, after having served on the St. George City Council since 2007. In addition, Jon serves on the boards of the Children’s Justice Center, Dixie Care and Share, Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic, Dixie Applied Technology College, St. George Arts Commission, and as the chair of the Fifth District Judicial Nominating Commission. Jon previously served as a board member and as board chair of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jon loves music, water & snow skiing, motorcycling, and walking or biking on St. George’s many trails. Jon and Kristy have five children ranging in age from 21 to 9: Katie, Abby, Ben, Mary and Libby.
Dr. Max Rose
Dr. Max Rose was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2007.
A career educator, Rose currently serves as the Superintendent of the Washington County School District. In addition, he is the former Vice President of Academics at Dixie State and was a professor of math and chemistry.
Rose was born and reared in neighboring Garfield County in the small town of Henrieville. He is from a family of fourteen children. After graduating from Bryce Valley High School, Max went on to earn degrees in math and chemistry. He completed a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate degree from Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University, respectively.
Soon after arriving at Dixie College in 1972, Rose discovered at the very beginning of his career the terrific nature of the college. He had the satisfaction of seeing the campus expand from the earliest small buildings with exterior entrances to the larger enclosed buildings and full landscape. Especially wonderful over the years have been the incredible students at the college. The relationships developed over the years in this learning environment will last forever.
Rose served as a leader in his church in many capacities and has served in the community in multiple assignments. He served as chairman of the Dixie Regional Medical Center Governing Board and the chairman of the Dixie Center. He and his wife, Kathy, are parents of three children and have three grand-children. Each child is an alumus of Dixie State University.
Gail Cooper Smith
Gail Cooper Smith was appointed to the DSU Board of Trustees in 2011.
A seventh generation native of Utah’s Dixie, Smith was born in St. George and raised in neighboring Washington. Following her graduation from Dixie College, she completed work on her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Brigham Young University. Smith excelled as a college athlete and was a member of Dixie’s first Women’s ICAC basketball team, and is credited in making the winning free throw to bring home the championship trophy from the BYU Invitational. Later Smith taught both high school and junior high school, and coached basketball at Centerville Junior High.
In 1995, Dixie State awarded Smith an honorary doctorate. In 2000, she was enshrined into DSU’s Hall of Fame and was inducted in the inaugural class of the Dixie State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. The mother of six is also the author of the book, Shadow Fall: Reflections on Nurturing Family Values. She is married to Hyrum Smith and was instrumental in starting the Franklin Day Planner business with her husband. She and Hyrum are the parents of six children. She says that her children are her claim to fame. Her children say that her family is where her greatest work has been achieved.