Dixie State University names new executive vice president

ST. GEORGE –Dixie State University announced today the appointment of Dr. William J. Christensen as the institution’s new Executive Vice President and Vice President of Academic Services.

Christensen, who currently serves as dean of the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business and School of Communication, will officially begin his new position on July 1.

“I’m convinced Bill will do a great job of helping us digest our recent rapid development of academic programs,” DSU President Dr. Stephen Nadauld said, “and will provide effective and insightful leadership as we expand into a first rate regional university.”

Christensen, who was appointed as dean of the Udvar-Hazy School of Business in 2008, has served as a business professor since 2001, teaching courses in operations management, strategic management, purchasing and supply management, and statistics. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from Oklahoma State University in 2000, and his bachelor’s degree in east Asian studies and his master’s degree in management science from California State University, Hayward.

Christensen has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He is also co-author of a chapter (Innovation and Creativity) included in the Praeger Business publication, “Strategic Management in the 21st Century,” scheduled to be released on May 31.

Prior to starting his academic career, Christensen was director of solutions delivery for MindFlow Technologies, a Dallas-based software company. In his 20-year business career, he has held management positions at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Clark Material Handling Company, Mercury Marine, and Whirlpool Corporation.

“I am humbled by the trust placed in me as I assume this important position,” Christensen said. “I will strive to serve well our faculty, students, staff and community as we face the challenges and opportunities of University status, growth, and ever-advancing technology.”

Christensen succeeds Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, who retired this past January after 31 years of service to Dixie State, the last eight of which were spent as executive vice president and vice president of academic services. Dr. Donald Ray Hinton, who currently serves as DSU Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, will continue in his role as interim executive vice president and vice president of academic services through June 30.

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