Population  of Washington County 31,300
Student Head Count 1,865
Student FTE 1,582
Dixie Junior College Pres. Alton L. Wade

1983 Year Book

Dr. Alton L. Wade was selected from a field of very qualified candidates as the 13th President of Dixie College. 

President Wade was born in Leamington, Utah in March of 1934. He and his wife, the former Diana Daniels, are the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters. 

Prior to becoming President of Dixie College, President Wade was Zone Ad­ministrator in the LDS Church Educational System, responsible for formal and religious education programs in several international and state side areas of the Church. 

He was an administrator for the Church Schools in the Pacific Area from 1972-1976, Assistant to the Administrator of Church Schools from 1971-1972 and a teacher and President at the Church College of New Zealand between 1963 and 1971. 

During his career he has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Utah Commission for Educational Excellence, a special consultant to the Polyne­sian Cultural Center Board of Directors, special consultant on team teaching for the Conference of Independent School Administrators in Sydney, Australia. He is past president of the Church College of New Zealand Teachers Association and the New Zealand Association of Independent School Administrators. 

President Wade earned his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from BYU, his Masters Degree, also in Political Science from California State College at Long Beach and his Ed.D, degree in Educational Administration from BYU.  In addition, he has done graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

The charm and magic of Alton Wade was that he could and did communicate with everyone.  He will be remembered for his magnetic personality, positive attitude and administrative expertise.