ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah announced Monday the appointment of Dixie alum Julie Bangerter Beck as a new member of the institution’s Board of Trustees. Beck was appointed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert last Friday to replace Michael Wilstead, who resigned from the Board earlier this year.
Beck, who was inducted into the Dixie State College Hall of Fame in the area of Public and College Service in 2007, was a performing member of the famed Dixie College Program Bureau, a member of the executive council and marched with the Rebelettes during her time at Dixie. She went on to complete her education at Brigham Young University. As a full-time homemaker, Beck has been active in many educational and community efforts. She has been a leader in parent teacher associations, school district advisory councils, music teacher associations, community celebrations and local politics.
In addition, Beck has served in leadership roles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most recently as the Church’s Relief Society General President, a role she held for five years until her release this past April. As part of her responsibilities, she was a member of the Church Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of four Church universities; and was on the Executive and General councils for Welfare and the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church. In addition, Beck served on the Church’s Young Women General Board and as First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
Born in Granger, Utah, Beck moved to Brazil at the age of 4 with her family when her father, Elder William Grant Bangerter, was called to preside over the Brazilian Mission for the LDS Church for five years. A resident of Alpine, Utah, she and her husband, Ramon P. Beck, are the parents of three children.
Dixie State College’s Board of Trustees is the institution’s governing board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Utah State Senate, and acts as a liaison between the college and the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees assists and approves the college’s mission, traditions, strategic planning, policies, budgets, new degree programs and honorary degrees. The Trustees are also involved in alumni relations and fundraising.