A new school of business has opened in Cedar City. Southern Utah University Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business was a $20 million project. $5 million was donated by the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation and more than half the cost of the building was paid for through private donations.
The ribbon cutting came on Dixie Leavitt’s 89th birthday, and 71 years to the day after Dixie Leavitt’s father dropped him off at, then—Branch Agricultural College with little more than a small leather suitcase and a life of business and political successes all ahead of him.
“He drove me up in our family's old 1938 Dodge. He let me out of the sidewalk by the boy’s dorm,” said Leavitt.
President Scott Wyatt spoke of the unmatched devotion shown to Southern Utah University from southern Utah’s first couple.
“Southern Utah University has had many champions over the years but we have never seen a couple that quite equals Dixie and Anne Leavitt,” said Wyatt.
The 5-million to jumpstart the business building, together with another two-and-a-half million dollars for scholarships constitutes the largest single gift in the history of SUU.