LOCAL NEWS

Dixie State one signature away from name change after approval by Utah Legislature

Nov 10, 2021, 5:55 PM | Updated: 8:16 pm
Dixie State University will become Utah Tech University (DSU)...
Dixie State University will become Utah Tech University (DSU)
(DSU)

A signature from Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is all that stands between Dixie State University officially changing its name.

The HB2001 would rename the school to Utah Tech University, a name selected after a lengthy process, to replace the current name often associated with the U.S. Deep South and slavery outside of the Utah.

There has been resistance to the change, with residents citing “heritage” as one of the reasons to retain the name they claim is regionally significant and historic. The vote form Utah’s Senate joined earlier approval by the state’s House, both controlled by Republicans. Utah’s governor is also a Republican and a former lawmaker.

The school previously used the Civil War’s Confederacy images along with the name and once had its mascot as the Rebels. The school moved to the nickname Trailblazers in 2016 after changing to the Red Storm in 2009.

The change was motivated in part by students and graduates of the university who said in the wider job market, it was troublesome to explain the name and connotations of Dixie. In both chambers of the Utah Legislature Wednesday, some lawmakers spoke against the change and there was a recent paid media campaign to keep it.

DSU’s statement on the Utah State Legislature’s approval of Utah Tech University name

Dixie State University sincerely thanks the Utah State Legislature, Utah Board of Higher Education, DSU Board of Trustees, the Name Recommendation Committee and the countless individuals who work tirelessly to create the strongest educational environment possible for our students. The legislature’s vote to change the institution’s name to Utah Tech University provides us with a reputable name that highlights who we are as a comprehensive polytechnic university and helps set us up for continued success.

The University is committed to offering students a well-rounded quality education complete with active learning experiences and industry collaborations to successfully meet workforce demands. We will continue to offer and expand our programs in a wide variety of academic disciplines while placing a concentrated focus on the STEM, healthcare and business fields.

We look forward to building a Utah Tech University brand that will strongly represent what it means to be a Trailblazer while continuing to preserve the pioneering heritage of our institution and region. Pending the governor’s signature, the name Utah Tech University will become official on July 1, 2022. We will continue to provide updates and information regarding the name change process at dixie.edu/nameprocess.

Thank you, once again, to our legislative leaders and the numerous individuals across the entire state who participated in the name recommendation process over the last year and a half.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Salt Lake City police at a hit and run where a driver fled his truck after causing a gas leak. (SLC...
Michael Houck

Police: Hit and run crash causes gas leak, suspect fled on bicycle

A truck driver caused a gas leak after hitting a building and fleeing the scene Monday morning. 
13 hours ago
(Derek Petersen/KSL TV)...
Casey Scott, KSL TV

A beautiful morning at Bear Lake with Casey Scott and Chopper 5

It's Monday, which means Casey Scott was in Chopper 5 to highlight a part of our beautiful state.
13 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

100 Utah women sign statement ‘standing together’ against harassment in politics

On Monday, 100 women, Democrats and Republicans signed a statement "standing together" against harassment in politics. 
13 hours ago
FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle "Gabby" Peti...
Eliza Pace

Family of Gabby Petito files $50 million ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit against Moab PD

Gabby Petito's family announced with their attorneys that they would be filing a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Moab City Police Department for the death of their daughter.
13 hours ago
FILE: A West Valley police car. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...
Josh Ellis

Crowd lifts car off man after suspected DUI driver crashes through wall

A man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after police say he crashed through a retaining wall and into the parking lot of an apartment complex.
13 hours ago
Jessie Liddlard, 25, who was hit by a falling rock while rock climbing....
Shelby Lofton

Hiker seriously injured by falling rock in Little Cottonwood Canyon

A 25-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after a volleyball-sized rock hit her head while rock climbing Friday.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Dixie State one signature away from name change after approval by Utah Legislature