ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Utah Board of Higher Education unanimously voted Jordan Rushton as the interim president of Dixie Technical College on Friday, March 25.

The vacancy comes by the retirement of the current college president, Kelle Stephens, effective April 30, 2022. Rushton, the current Vice President, will assume the interim president position on May 1 and serve until a permanent president is named. President Kelle Stephens, Dixie Tech faculty, and staff were enthusiastic about the selection.

“Vice President Rushton has extensive experience and great relationships with the Dixie Tech faculty, staff, and our educational partners at DSU and the Washington County School District,” Stephens said. “Under his leadership, our certificate-seeking programs have almost doubled in membership hours in the last four years; at the same time, our graduation and placement have improved to be some of the highest in the state.”

Vice President Rushton has substantial experience in technical education and has served at both college and systemwide levels. Rushton’s career at Dixie Technical College began in 2015, where he worked as the Chief Instructional Officer until he was appointed Vice President of Instruction in 2017. As Vice President of Instruction, Rushton oversees all of the college’s academic offerings and industry outreach programs. In addition to his experience, Rushton holds an undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University, a master’s degree in public administration with a higher education emphasis from Southern Utah University, and a post-graduate certification in management from Harvard University. Currently, he is working towards completing his doctorate of education from Baylor University.

“I’m excited and honored to serve in this capacity,” Rushton said. “President Stephens has been a fierce advocate for technical education, and I’m committed to continuing the vital work here at Dixie Tech.”

In adherence to Utah Code, the Utah System of Higher Education Board and the Dixie Technical College Board of Trustees will form a search committee to find a permanent president in the coming months.