Glenn E. Snow

Education

Glenn E. Snow (1900-1984)

was born and raised in St. George, Utah, where he graduated from Dixie College and served as student body president. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from the University of Utah, then continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago.

He began his teaching career in Toquerville, Utah, and was a teacher and administrator throughout southern Utah and Nevada until he became the sixth president of Dixie College in 1938, where he served the students and community for 12 years. He served as a Utah State Senator and president of the Washington County, Iron County, Southern Utah and Utah State Teachers Association. In 1943, he was appointed to the executive committee of the National Education Association and in 1947, was named NEA president, becoming the first westerner to hold that position. As president, he represented American teachers in the Post War Education Assistance conferences in France, England and Scotland. He worked with Senator Robert A. Taft and President Harry S. Truman on national legislation for public education. After his term as president of the NEA, he remained in Washington D.C., as executive secretary until he retired in 1965.

He received many national honors given from groups such as the American Legion, the Conference of National Organizations and the Magazine Editors Association. After retiring, he returned to his beloved Dixie, where he continued to serve on the Utah Citizens Advisory Council for Higher Education and as regent for the University of Utah. He and his wife, the former Laura Gardner, are the parents of three sons and one daughter.