Nadauld takes reins as Dixie's 17th president

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Dixie State College on Friday swore in Stephen Nadauld as the St. George school's 17th president, two years after the state Board of Regents appointed him to the post on an interim basis.

Officials held a ceremony at the college's Avenna Center, with a musical program provided by Dixie's symphony, choir, string quartet and trumpet ensemble. Collegiate presidential inaugurations are a tradition originating in colonial colleges during the 17th century -- a way to celebrate the office and highlight the institution's significance to the community, according to Christina Schultz, vice president of institutional advancement at DSC.

"This is our opportunity to honor President Nadauld. Dixie State College is extremely fortunate to have someone of President Nadauld's talent and vision at our helm," Schultz said.

The Regents tapped Nadauld, a Brigham Young University business professor who led Weber State University in the late 1980s, to head Dixie in March 2008 after the sudden departure of President Lee Caldwell. Nadauld's leadership proved such a hit with students, faculty and trustees that Regents took the unusual step of giving him a permanent appointment without a national search.

-- Brian Maffly