Dixie State College Announces New Board of Trustees Member and Leadership
|Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the appointment of former Utah State Representative and Speaker of the House David Clark as a new member of the institution's Board of Trustees. Clark was appointed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to replace Ms. Kathie Thayne, who resigned from the Board earlier this year.
"This appointment was an easy decision," Governor Herbert said in a press release from his office. "David Clark has served his constituents in southern Utah extremely well as a legislator and as a Speaker of the House. His wealth of experience in government and business will be invaluable as Dixie looks to the future. I have every confidence in David's ability to excel in this new assignment."
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.
"I am very much looking forward to working with Governor Herbert," Clark said of his appointment. "This is an exciting time for Dixie State as it transitions and grows. As a southern Utah resident, I understand the significant educational and economic role Dixie plays in our state, and I believe it has a bright future as a four-year university and beyond."
Clark is currently the Southern Utah Regional Vice President for Zions Bank, for which he has worked for 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.
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.
Dixie State College also announced that Jon T. Pike was elected as the new Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Pike, who has served on the Board since 2010, replaces former vice chair Michael Wilstead, who is leaving the Board to serve an LDS Church mission.
Pike currently serves as Southwest Regional Operations Director of SelectHealth, which is the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare. Pike has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for more than years and served as the project manager for the construction of the Dixie Regional Medical Center on River Road, which opened in 2003. Pike is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, and he completed his MBA at Westminster College.
In addition to his leadership position at SelectHealth, Pike serves as a board member for Children's Justice Center and the Doctor's Free Clinic. He has also served as a board member and Board Chair of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to the St. George City Council in 2007, and was re-elected for a second term in 2011.
Dixie State College's Board of Trustees is the institution's governing board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Utah State Senate, and acts as a liaison between the college and the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees assists and approves the college's mission, traditions, strategic planning, policies, budgets, new degree programs and honorary degrees. The Trustees are also involved in alumni relations and fundraising.
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