Dixie State University President Richard B. Williams will present his annual State of the University Address to detail the university’s recent successes and outline the vision for the upcoming year.
The address, which is open to the community, will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on DSU’s campus.
Williams will highlight the seven baccalaureate majors the institution was approved this year to offer. DSU also began offering a variety of new emphases, minors, and certificates this year, bringing the university’s number of degrees to 71 and academic programs up to 188.
Additionally, the university is working toward offering master’s degrees in accountancy, software development and genetic counseling as well as bachelor’s programs in mechanical engineering, arts production, design, applied mathematics, biochemistry and music performance.
Concerning campus growth, Williams will outline plans for the university’s new 155,000-square-foot Human Performance Center, on which construction will begin in October. The facility will house the specialized classrooms and labs needed to offer allied health classes as well as campus recreation and intramural programs and fitness exercise facilities. He will also share future plans for the university’s Innovation Plaza, which is planned to be housed in the former East Elementary building, as well as Dixie Online, for which master’s degree courses and a teaching certification program are being developed.
Williams will also discuss DSU’s multicultural efforts, including hosting diversity events and training programs and ensuring that women and minorities are represented in faculty, staff, and administration. The university’s community engagement efforts led to the creation of its Institute of Politics & Public Affairs and Community Engagement Center.
Williams will share about the improvements Dixie State Athletics has made, including the renovations to Legend Solar Stadium, the baseball locker room, and the Habibian strength and condition center.