ST. GEORGE - Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, the 17th president of Dixie State University, announced Wednesday that he will retire as president at the end of the institution's 2013-14 academic year.
Nadauld, 71, made the formal announcement to DSU faculty and staff during a meeting held in the Browning Resource Center Dunford Auditorium. The announcement concludes a brilliant career in higher education, including nearly six years at the helm at Dixie State.
Nadauld was president of Weber State University from 1985 to 1990.
"After much deliberation, and with the twin emotions of elation at the experience and sadness at the thought of it ending, I have concluded that I should announce my retirement from the university," Nadauld said. "As I have thought about how this presidency at Dixie has been an incredible capstone to a long career, I am filled with gratitude to all who have made it possible and so enjoyable.
"In the meantime, please know that I will be forever grateful for this extraordinary experience, during which we have grown to love the students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and all with whom we have associated," Nadauld added.
After meeting with members of DSU's Board of Trustees, Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Commissioner David Buhler, and members of the Utah State Board of Regents, Nadauld agreed to stay on as DSU president until his successor has been named and is able to take office. In the coming weeks, the Utah State Board of Regents will appoint a search committee to conduct a national search for a new president of Dixie State University.
"It is the feeling that making this retirement announcement at this time will give the Regents an opportunity to do a thorough search for a new president without the need to appoint an interim president during the process," Nadauld noted.