Dixie State University
Dixie State University named Richard Williams as its 18th president Thursday, July 17, 2014.

ST. GEORGE — The Board of Regents has selected Richard Williams to be the 18th president of Dixie State University.

“I am honored to take the helm at Dixie State University and look forward to guiding the institution through this next phase of development and growth,” said President Williams in a prepared statement. “I am eager to get to know DSU’s talented faculty, administration, trustees, staff and students, and work closely with them to ensure we stay on the positive trajectory set by President Nadauld’s sure hand.”

Williams succeeds Stephen D. Nadauld who announced his retirement in October after nearly six years leading the school, including two years as interim president.

During Nadauld's tenure, Dixie has taken the lead as the state's fastest-growing four-year school, awarded an increasing number of degrees, and constructed the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons.

“Dr. Richard Williams brings extensive experience and a high level of professionalism that will be an asset to Dixie State University and the Utah System of Higher Education as a whole,” said Dan Campbell, chairman of the Board of Regents, in a prepared statement.

Williams served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Indiana State University since 2013. He also served as the founding dean of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at the university.

He was a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, where he held several positions, including associate dean of the College of Education; executive associate director of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services; chairman of the Division of Athletic Training; and program director.

Williams holds a bachelor's degree in lifestyle management from Weber State University, a master's degree in athletic training from Indiana State University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University.

“I am confident in President Williams’ ability to effectively lead Dixie State University, and I believe he is the right president for this institution,” said Dave Buhler, Utah commissioner of Higher Education.