Karl F. Brooks

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Karl F. Brooks (1935-)

was born and raised in St. George. A graduate of Dixie College, he was student body president and a two-sport athlete, having played football and baseball. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, he became an educator in California, Nevada and Utah.

For 25 years he served Dixie College as a teacher, director of high school relations, vice president and athletic director. In addition, he was mayor of St. George for 12 years, during which the city grew from seven to 60 square miles in size and from 10,000 to 50,000 in population. Because of his key roles at both the city and the college, he was instrumental in getting the Dixie Center built.

He has been president of the St. George Chamber of Commerce and the Utah League of Cities and Towns, and served as chairman of the Zion Natural History Association, the Dixie Center Control Board and the Municipal Finance Cooperative Agency. As mayor he stressed economic development, the arts, growth in infrastructure (water, power, sewer, roads) and personnel.

At Dixie College he worked to increase major gifts, expand the campus, increase scholarship endowments and obtain funding for the athletic department. Karl is known statewide as “Mr. St. George” and has a great amount of the “Dixie Spirit.” He co-authored A History of Washington County, and is in constant demand as a public speaker and has received numerous education and civic awards. He is married to the former Carla Hoyt and they are the parents of one daughter and two sons.