Dr. Alton Lavar Wade (1934-)
Dr. Alton Lavar Wade was born in Leamington, Utah, and graduated from Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah, where he excelled in the classroom and was an all-state selection in football and track. After serving an LDS mission to the central states, headquartered in Independence, Mo., he completed his education at Brigham Young University (B.S. 1959), Cal State Long Beach (M.A. 1963), before earning his Ph.D. in Education at BYU in 1973.His professional career exceeded 40 years in education, with positions as teacher, principal, university vice president, and college and university president. He served as Dixie College’s 13th president, and although he never attended Dixie College, he became the essence of the “Dixie Spirit.” His magic was his ability to communicate with everyone and he is remembered for his magnetic personality. Under his direction, the Dixie Center vision was caught and the ground-breaking took place, the Hansen Stadium and tennis courts were constructed, and Dixie State captured its first NJCAA national basketball championship. Dr. Wade was president of Brigham Young University-Hawaii from 1986-94, and was vice president of student life at BYU (Provo) form 1994-2000. He is married to the former Diana Daniels and they have eight children and 26 grandchildren.