Dixie Tech student tapped to serve on state higher education board

Stock photo of a board meeting dais with inset photo of Heather Johnson | Stock photo by sfe-co2/iStock/Getty Images Plus, inset photo courtesy Utah Office of the Governor, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — A Dixie Tech student has been nominated by the governor to serve as a member of the state’s Board of Higher Education.

Undated picture of Heather Johnson, nominated to join the Utah Board of Higher Education | Photo courtesy Utah Office of the Governor, St. George News

Heather Johnson is one of four people nominated by Gov. Spencer Cox Thursday to serve on the board, with Johnson tapped to be a student member. Her nomination is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

“Each member of this cohort of exceptional Utahns has a deep respect for learning and a track record of success,” Cox said. “I’m grateful to each of them for their willingness to take on this new responsibility and look forward to their wise management of Utah’s colleges and universities.”

The Utah Board of Higher Education oversees the Utah System of Higher Education, which includes eight public colleges and universities and eight technical colleges. Along with Dixie Tech, that also includes Utah Tech and Southern Utah University.

The 18-member board sets policy, reviews degrees and programs, hires and evaluates institutional presidents, and submits an annual budget request to the governor and Legislature, among other responsibilities.

Along with being a Dixie Tech student studying architectural drafting and design with special focus in computer-aided drafting, Johnson is also a mother of five children. She attended school in Finland for a year after graduating high school and then went on to complete both an associate and a bachelor’s degree.

Johnson recently had the opportunity to further her education as a returning student more than 20 years later. In addition, she works locally as a high school volleyball and basketball official.

Johnson graduated in April and was named as Dixie Tech’s student of the year.

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