Tooele Regional Campus picks up new Dean
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:02
Donna Dillingham-Evans has been named dean of the USU Tooele Regional Campus and will start her new position in March.
Raymond T. Coward, USU executive vice president and provost, is confident Dillingham-Evans will have a positive impact at the fast-growing regional campus.
“Donna has a strong background and skill set well-suited to the challenges and opportunities at our Tooele campus,” Coward said. “Her extensive experience and noteworthy achievements in higher education in southern Utah will prove invaluable to Utah State University as it moves forward to provide greater educational opportunities at our Tooele Regional Campus.”
Dillingham-Evans was most recently the executive vice president and vice president of academic services at Dixie State University, where she had been employed for the last 30 years. She spent 23 of those years in college administration, including being the founding chair of the mathematics department.
Dillingham-Evans is excited about the appointment and the opportunity to share her expertise in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
“I am grateful to Utah State University and the community of Tooele for their engaged commitment to increase local access to higher education,” Dillingham-Evans said. “I eagerly look forward to joining the excellent team at USU’s Tooele Regional Campus to begin our future together.”
Local education officials are eager to take advantage of Dillingham-Evans administrative experience and knowledge.
“Donna understands how USU Tooele is a great asset to our valley through the education of people to meet the needs of job creation and economic development,” said Scott Wardle, chairman of the Tooele Regional Campus Advisory Board. “We look forward to her vision for creating research opportunities for our professors and students as well as her leadership in the continuing growth of this marvelous campus.”
Dillingham-Evans has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s degree in secondary, postsecondary and vocational education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Austin Peay State University. She has also studied German at the Goethe Institute in Ebesberg, Germany and attended the University of Munich on a Rotary International fellowship.
She is married to Keith Evans and they are the parents of five children. They also have four grandchildren.
She has served on several state educational councils and boards as a governor’s appointee and served in leadership positions in many state and regional organizations promoting education and youth development.
With her knowledge of and experience in the community of southern Utah, Wardie said he is excited for what she will bring to the Tooele Regional Campus.
She received a host of honors and awards for her engagement in adult education and civic programs, and her professional focus has been on innovative teaching practices for adult and re-entry students.
During her time at Dixie State, she played a key role in obtaining university status for the college. Through her leadership, Dixie State added more than 30 baccalaureate degrees over the past seven years along with several minor, two-year and certificate programs.
In addition to her years of administrative experience, Dillingham-Evans has taught classes in math and chemistry along with math and science methods for Dixie State’s online elementary education program. She has been an instructor at Southern Utah University and North Mojave Community College.
Before working for Dixie State College in 1982, Dillingham-Evans worked as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University and a toxicologist in southern California.
Coward said her diverse background and unique experience will be extremely beneficial for USU and the community of southern Utah.