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Jeannine H. Holt

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Jeannine H. Holt

Jeannine was born in St. George to Grant and Eleen Harris. After graduating from Dixie High School in 1947, she attended Dixie College where she met and married Stanford Holt. Helping and respecting others were just a few of the traits her parents taught her and which through her extraordinary accomplishments, she has gracefully exemplified. Jeannine has been involved with politics most of her adult life. Professionally, she worked for the United States Senate under Senators Garn and Hatch, serving as Hatch’s Southern Utah Area Director for 27 years. She has worked on many important issues affecting our State including lands issues, private property rights, and health care. In recent years she played a pivotal role in helping southern Utah citizens receive compensation from the government for exposure to radiation. In one of the nine counties receiving compensation, Jeannine was given the title of honorary citizen; something she completely treasures.

Besides her involvement and love for politics, Holt is also an avid advocate for Dixie College, her alma mater, and served as a member of the DSC Board of Trustees for 10 years, including seven years as vice-chair. She has served as a member of the DSC Alumni Board, Dixie Rotary Bowl committee, and is a longtime and current member of the DSC National Advisory Council. In 1994, Jeannine received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the College and in 2007 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from DSC for her service to the school and the community. On October 10, 2008, Dixie State College President Stephen D. Nadauld unveiled the Stanford and Jeannine Holt Wireless Learning Center located in the Udvar- Hazy School of Business building. The center is equipped with worktables, and sofa-style lounge chairs, and serves as a gathering place and work/study area for students.

In the Congressional Record to the Senate on March 11, 2004, Senator Orrin Hatch writes “Jeannine has actively and energetically promoted the tourism industry in Utah’s Dixie and has shared her love for the red rock canyons and sun-drenched lands of St. George and its surrounding areas with people she meets each day. Jeannine Holt is a dedicated public servant, fervently patriotic American, and loyal and cherished friend.” Jeannine’s service to Dixie is immeasurable. Her far-reaching dedication has blessed her with the title Washington County Goodwill Ambassador. Stanford and Jeannine are the parents of Patrice, Steven, and Jeff.