DSC Academic VP retires; hunt for replacement underway

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Dixie State College is on the hunt for the new Academic Vice President.

Donald Hinton, dean of school of arts and letters, is currently serving as the interim vice president of academics after Donna Dillingham-Evans retired on Jan. 31.

“A nation-wide search is currently underway to fill the position,” said Steve Johnson, DSC director of public relations

Dillingham-Evans had been the DSC vice president of academics for the past seven years.

She began at DSC in 1981 as a mathematics instructor after her time as a research associate at Vanderbilt University.

“Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans was a valuable part on this campus for 31 years,” Johnson said.

She had many accomplishments during her time at DSC, including being instrumental in establishing the first American Disabilities Act Disability Center.

Former DSC President Lee Caldwell named her the vice president of academics in 2005.

“During her tenure as vice president, Dillingham-Evans played a key role in Dixie State’s goal to attain university status,” Johnson said. 

DSC added more than 30 bachelor’s degrees as well as several academic minors, two-year and certificate programs through her leadership. 

“Every position, every job I had at Dixie was the best job I ever had,” Dillingham-Evans said. “From the time I came until the time I left, the people I worked with were incredible and just made everyday a desire to go to work.”

She said her parting words of wisdom for DSC students is to “take every day and every class as if it’s the key that opens your future.” 

Dillingham-Evans said she worked to accomplish tasks for the good of scholastic experience.

“My legacy at Dixie?” Dillingham-Evans said. “Never thought of it as legacy, just thought of it as working to a common goal to access, educational access.”

The application review process commences Friday, Feb. 15. DSC prefers to have the position filled well in advance of the 2013 fall semester, Johnson said.