About Katie L. Dixon

Katie L. Dixon, through her dedicated service to the College of Social Work and her tireless advocacy for women via private and political efforts, has strived to help women and girls reach new levels of success in all they do.

Ms. Dixon was one of the founding members of the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair, but is best known for her service as Salt Lake County Recorder from 1975 to 1995, a record 20 years. During that time, she was active in a number of professional organizations, including:

    The National Association of Counties
    The National Association of County Recorders and Clerks
    Leadership America (Ms. Dixon was the first woman selected to attend)
    The Institute for Land Information (she was the first female president)
    The National Women’s Education Fund
    The National Historic Publications and Records Commission
    The American Society for Public Administration

She has taken on numerous other leadership roles by serving on many, many boards and committees of a number of Utah organizations. The list is long, but includes:

    The University of Utah College of Social Work
    Utah State Board of Education
    Utah State University College of Business
    The Utah Women’s Art Project
    Salt Lake Community College
    The American Lung Association of Utah
    Westminster College Foundation
    Utah Opera Guild
    Utah Women’s Forum
    Utah Women’s Political Caucus
    Fifty States Project on Discrimination Against Women in the Law

Ms. Dixon and her contributions to her community have been recognized time and again by a wide variety of local and national groups. Among many other honors and awards, she has received:

    The Senator Arthur V. Watkins Distinguished Service Award

    American Society for Public Administration

    Certificate of Honor “Making a Difference for Women,”

    Soroptimist International of Salt Lake

    The Susa Young Gates Award for Outstanding Contributions to Utah Women and Human Rights

    Utah Women’s Political Caucus

    Alumna of the Year

    Utah State University

    Honorary Chairman of Annual Banquet

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

100_5081 - SepiaKatie Dixon, former GOP Salt Lake County Recorder died Sunday, August 3, 2008. Deseret News article on Ms. Dixon and her passing.

Through the Katie L. Dixon Women & Girls Leadership Endowed Fund, the College of Social Work hopes to inspire today’s young women with the same strength of character and commitment that Ms. Dixon has exemplified.