Snow succeeded President Smith as President in the fall of 1938
and remained for 12 years.
Snow was born and raised in St. George, attended Dixie College
and the University of Utah where he earned his BA and MA degrees
in Science. He married Laura Gardner in September 1925. They
were the parents of five children, three boys and two girls.
began his teaching career in Toquerville, Utah and then went on
to Alamo, Nevada; after which he became principal of Hurricane
teaching career he served as President of the Southern Utah
Teachers Association, President of the Utah Education
Association, served as a member of the Utah State Senate from
1937 to 1944, and was the first individual from west of the
Mississippi to be elected President of the NEA. He became
assistant Executive Secretary of the NEA after he left Dixie in
1950 and served until 1964. He was a Regent of the University
of Utah from 1967 to 1969.
administration of the College, President Snow was always held in
high respect by the students and faculty. In the school
yearbook the students said of him: “…our appreciation for your
interest in us, your kind words when days are dark, and your
untiring understanding words ... you have truly created the
'Dixie Spirit' in the hearts of all."
known for his close-knit faculty and for their collective
dedication to the College. Following the period of almost
"starvation" for the College, President Snow was instrumental in
helping to put the College on a firm footing.
the move to have the women's dorm, Dixiana, constructed. He
became more determined than ever that it would be established
after he learned that Church leaders in Nevada were telling
students not to come to Dixie because of the inadequate,
unsuitable living accommodations.
Emeritus Wayne McConkie who taught Geology at Dixie and retired
in 1975, described the period leading up to and the construction
the things that was really crippling to Dixie was that we had
almost nothing in the way of student housing. There were two
locations of housing. One was the trailers, located on the site
Dixiana, and the other, some temporary housing units on the
west side of town that had been moved in. These took care of
some of the Dixie students, especially the married ones.
“The trailers located where Dixiana now stands were
affectionately known by the students as 'Cockroach Terrace' and
the units on the west side of St. George were called 'Termite
Dixiana was built, the male population at Dixie was much higher
than the female population. It was an unfavorable balance. I
was in charge of the building trades so I worked closely with
President Snow to get the women’s residence hall built.
“We hunted and hunted for a location to build the dormitory and
the only one we could find that was at all satisfactory belonged
to the LDS Church and the bishop was determined to build a
chapel there. The bishop was ill and later passed away so we
were able to negotiate and buy that property for the College.
the College had no money to buy the ground, an organization that
was in effect when I came here in 1947, The Dixie Education
Association, came to the aid of the College and raised the
necessary money to purchase the property. The group was made up
of local men and people that were strong supporters of the
College who dug deep into their own pockets to buy the property
part of Dixiana was built with faculty and students donating
labor. We dug out all the footings, what is now the basement,
with shovels and wheelbarrows. We didn't have any large
excavating equipment at all.
construction and excavation of the Dixiana began in the last
year of President Snow's administration (1950) ... and after he
moved away, continued during President Himes' years.
"President Himes used all the available funds to further this
building project. He urged faculty members to lend all of their
energy to support this. He led out by coming to work after
school and on Saturdays. He personally moved a lot of dirt with
shovel and wheelbarrow to get this work done. His pursuit of
this work made it possible for the project to be completed in
the administration of President Arthur Bruhn.
Arthur Bruhn became President he was concerned with getting
Dixiana finished. They were able to raise enough money to
finish the job and hire a man to be in charge of construction
and I was to work with him.
"I was in
charge of all volunteer labor and would work from after school
to about midnight. In that way we finished the building and it
helped create a lot of feeling that Dixie College should remain
open and a part of the State Educaton System," Professor