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
Certificate of Honor “Making a Difference for Women,”
The Susa Young Gates Award for Outstanding Contributions to Utah Women and Human Rights
Alumna of the Year
Honorary Chairman of Annual Banquet

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.

Last Updated: 8/27/18