departure of President Snow in 1950, Mathew M. Bentley took over
as temporary president for one year. He had been Treasurer of
the College for many years and was a man highly respected at the
College and in the community. He knew that his appointment as
President was a temporary one, but he took it upon himself to do
the best job possible during his time in office.
Bentley was born in St George in April, 1896. He attended the
local schools as well as the St. George Stake Academy and went
on to graduate from
degree in 1926.
He began employment at Dixie College on August 1,
1926, after being offered a contract for $150 per month by
President Joseph K Nicholes. His responsibilities were varied
as he was Secretary, Treasurer and Registrar and taught classes
in Typing, Bookkeeping and Economics.
Bentley, in a brief biography of her husband said, "He gave 35
years of valued service to our College. He always enjoyed the
cooperation, trust and support of those he worked with. He
always gave his best efforts to any work he was responsible
He was elected
to the St. George City Council for two terms and served as a
member of the Utility Commission for 23 years. In remembering
President Bentley, Mrs. Dona Parkinson, Associate Professor of
Home Economics said, "He was a good financial manager, a very
honest and capable person. He was in charge of the College
finances before he became President, and after the one year, he
returned to that capacity until he died. He was also very
active in civic affairs."
President Bentley was keenly knowledgeable, diligent and a
financial wizard as well, who handled every facet of
administrative responsibility very well. Those who worked with
him as President said the one-year he held the office of
president was the most pleasant of the years at Dixie.