Hugh McCurdy Woodward


Hugh McCurdy Woodward (1881-1940)

Hugh McCurdy Woodward was born in Huntington, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1911, after which he moved to St. George, at age 29, to become the first principal of the St. George Stake Academy. During the summers he completed his graduate studies with an MA from the University of Utah in 1918, and a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1920. In 1914, Hugh became the first president of Dixie Normal College and he became known as the “Father of Dixie.”

During the leadership of President Woodward, the original Dixie College administration building and the gymnasium on Main Street in downtown St. George were constructed. The “D” on the Black Hill was painted and the high scholastic standards of Dixie College were set. His student body government outline for self discipline, including a court system and campus student police, has served as the example for many colleges and universities. He believed in the phrase “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” After leaving Dixie, President Woodward served as dean of summer session and professor of philosophy at BYU, a Utah State Senator, and a professor of philosophy at the University of California. He married Emily Timothy in 1905. They were the parents of three children.