Dr. Douglas D. Alder


Dr. Douglas D. Alder (1932-)

was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended public schools and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah. His doctorate in history was awarded by the University of Oregon and included a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Vienna in Austria. He then taught European history for 23 years and directed the honors program at Utah State University. He was the 14th president of Dixie College, serving from 1986-93, after which he returned to teaching history full time.

During his presidency, the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center was completed, as were additions to the Browning Library and the Science Building. The construction on the Udvar-Hazy Business Building was begun, as was the Gardner Student Center. In addition, the College Inn was developed for the Elderhostel Program and the DSC National Advisory Council was established. Dr. Alder served on numerous state boards, including Utah Arts Council, Utah Humanities Council, Utah Historical Society, Mesa Creativity Center, Grafton Heritage Restoration, and the Washington County Historical Society.

Since his presidency, he has written southern Utah history and Dixie State College history, and he has served on community boards, including the Washington County Library, Historic St. George LIVE, Celebrity Concert Series, and the St. George Neighborhood Preservation Committee. Dr. Alder teaches history classes for the Elderhostel and ICL programs. He and his wife, Elaine Reiser Alder, are the parents of four children and have 12 grandchildren. Elaine helped in restoring the St. George Opera House and the Pioneer Center for the Arts.