Washington County School District names Dixie High principal as new superintendent

ST. GEORGE – The Washington County School District announced Wednesday that Dixie High School principal Larry Bergeson has been selected as the district’s new superintendent.

Bergeson will be replacing the current superintendent, Dr. Max Rose, who will be retiring on June 30 after 10 years of service.

“He’s an excellent choice,” Rose said of Bergeson. “He’ll really do great.”

As for himself, Rose said he is “moving over” and looks forward to spending more time with family and possibly teaching at Dixie State University.

“Everyone here is really excited,” said Sharla Campbell, Dixie High School assistant principal. “He deserves a lot of congratulations.”

Campbell has worked with Bergeson since he became the principal of Dixie High School in 2007. She described him as a “very personable man” and said his administrative skills will greatly benefit the school district.

According to a press release from the Washington County School District, the decision to select Bergson was made after an extensive multi-state applicant search and screening process that included stakeholder input from seven community members, two teachers, a school principal, a classified employee representative and the regional director of the Parent-Teacher Association.

“Bergeson is a proven and successful leader of schools and an advocate of student achievement,” the press release read.

Bergeson began his educational career at Preston High School in Preston, Idaho. After four years in Preston, he moved to Wyoming. During 15 years in Wyoming, he spent four years teaching, three years as a special education director and eight years as the principal of Lyman High School. He then came to Washington County to serve as the principal of Hurricane High School for six years until becoming Dixie High School’s principal in 2007.

He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in special education from Utah State University and also received an administrative endorsement from the University of Wyoming.

Bergeson was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

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3 Comments

  • Carrie Heaton April 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I am thrilled for Bergeson, or “Bergie”, as many of the students call him. He is a great principal and will be a wonderful addition as superintendent. I am glad that my three oldest children were able to go to Dixie while he served there. My only regret is that I have one more to kid to finish high school and I wish he could get to know Mr Bergeson too.
    Congrats Bergie!!!

  • sweet jude April 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Mr. Bergeson is a great man. I am thrilled that more will get to know him in this town. He has a way of connecting with people. One of the most dedicated and inspiring people I have ever met. I am 100 percent confident the district will be in good hands.

  • trista b April 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    its about time. Mr Bergeson was my boss at one point and I was able to see how much he cares for his students. Washington County School District is lucky to have him

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