Cheri Bennett Atkin

Public & College Service

Cheri Bennett Atkin

a native of Lehi, Utah, who attended then Dixie College (1963-65) on a music scholarship and was active in tennis, choir, drama, and cheerleading. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University (1967) in sociology and went on to receive her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah (1970). Never one to rest on her laurels, Cheri – while raising a large family – taught high school and later taught as an adjunct sociology professor at Dixie College. Her service through the years has been invaluable to both the college and community. Her organizational skills are unparalleled, and, coupled with her determination, have laid the foundation for many vibrant community organizations in existence today.

Cheri’s accomplishments are many. During the early 1990s, Cheri was the operations manager for the Huntsman World Senior Games (HWSG). As a board member of the Quality of Life Task Force, she was instrumental in securing a $25 million dollar recreational bond. Cheri organized and chaired United Way Dixie and was a founding member of Leadership Dixie. Her dynamic energy has resulted in her receiving numerous awards, including the 2003 Dixie State College Distinguished Citizen Award and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce 1996 Woman of the Year Award. In 1997 she received the HWSG Achievement for Excellence Award, and in 1998 she was inducted into the HWSG Hall of Fame.

For seven years Cheri was a member of the Brigham Young University National Advisory Council (NAC), and since 2000 she has served on the Dixie State College NAC. Most recently, Cheri and her husband Ralph have dedicated their talent and energy to improving the quality of student life on the DSC campus. As co-chairs of the Centennial Campaign, they have transformed the campus through beautifying projects that enhance learning environments and student success. Such projects include the Centennial Paver Project, Atkin Tutoring Center, President’s Loop and D-Circuit, Dan’s Cove, and several Memory Gardens.

Cheri has played a significant role in supporting her husband Ralph through the founding and success of SkyWest Airlines. Since 1996, she has been a certified legal assistant in her husband’s law practice. Whether spearheading a committee, fundraising or volunteering, Cheri’s efforts are incalculable, and include Reading Recovery, PeeWee Tennis, recreational facilities, hiking trails and the DSC track, to name a few. Cheri and her husband Ralph were married in 1966. They have eight children (all graduates of Dixie State College) and 16 grandchildren.