In an address that mixed humor and philosophy, Nadauld laid out his vision for building Dixie’s future as the institution closes in on its 100th birthday and begins a new century of service to southwestern Utah and the region. Among the plans he shared with those in attendance included the addition of a number of two-year and four-year degrees, and plans for campus expansion, including the soon-to-be constructed Holland Centennial Commons Building, which are all part of DSC’s present trajectory to one day becoming a regional state university.
He praised Dixie’s students for their energy, enthusiasm, hard work and compassion. Nadauld also reassured students that they are valued and their successes and futures are a top priority.
“I don’t know if you understand how much we love you and how deeply committed we are to your success,” Nadauld said to the students. “I have first-hand evidence – you are for real. You really are going to amount to something. You can count on it; you can take it to the bank!”
“Our job as educators is to help you analyze, compute and think and write clearly,” he added. “It is to reinforce the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work, that you have received in your homes. It is to prepare you in every way to take your place in an increasingly complex society. We believe in you and we’re determined to see you succeed.”
Nadauld also lauded the efforts of DSC’s faculty and staff, noting that their collective dedication and enthusiasm for the institution and its students is completely remarkable. He saluted them for their efforts in facing the challenges of record enrollment growth while remaining steadfast in the commitment to the education of Dixie’s students.
“We can take great satisfaction in our work, we are building competencies and careers,” Nadauld said. “We are building the lives of men and women who will support the families and institutions of our society. We are building for their future and our future. Let us build with quality and integrity. Let us build with passion and compassion, and let us build with love.”
Nadauld paid tribute to the St. George and Washington County community, noting that for 90-plus years, Dixie was a vibrant and successful junior and community college, thanks in large part to the sacrifice and hard work of many that came before, and the “Dixie Spirit” that has sustained the College for nearly a century.
“Our history is one of personal and public sacrifice in support of educational access and attainment,” said Nadauld. “It is no small feat for an institution to endure for 100 years. It is a testament to the citizens of this community that Dixie College was founded and has been supported through the years by the grit and determination of so many who have believed in the value of education.”
In addition, Nadauld thanked the Utah State Board of Regents for their support of the institution. He also publicly praised the work of the southern Utah legislative contingent on DSC’s behalf, led by House Speaker David Clark, particularly with their assistance in securing funds for Dixie’s new Holland Centennial Commons Building, for which construction will begin this summer.
Nadauld concluded his remarks by reiterating Dixie State’s commitment to providing a quality education for its students, both present and future, and continuing its service to the community as the institution inches closer to its centennial anniversary and begins to embark on another century of service.
“The future of Dixie State College could not be brighter,” Nadauld concluded. “We will become a regional state university, with degrees at each level designed to serve the educational needs of our community and region. We will add to a highly qualified faculty and staff, who will continue to provide the personalized education that has been a hallmark of Dixie State. We will continue to enroll students to an open access institution dedicated to their success. We will celebrate a century of service to the community, and begin a new century of progress that will amaze and delight us all.
“Building is fun – let’s continue to have fun together. Hurrah for Dixie!”
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