Marvin Dodge Accepts Position in Governor's Cabinet

Published: April 19, 2023 | Author: Kierstin Holloway | Read Time: 2 minutes

Marvin DodgeVice President of Finance and Administration, Marvin Dodge, has announced his resignation from Southern Utah University to accept a remarkable position as executive director of the Utah Department of Government Operations in Governor Spencer J. Cox’s Cabinet.

“Marvin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will allow him to hit the ground running in the Department of Government Operations,” Gov. Cox said. “I’m grateful for his willingness to rejoin Team Utah in this key position in our administration.”

Dodge joined SUU in June 2014, and since then has led the development of SUU’s annual budget and administrative operations. This includes managing all financial operations and overseeing campus buildings and maintenance. He is also responsible for the Office of Information Technology, Human Resources, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Motor Pool, Risk Management, Food Services, and the SUU Bookstore.

During his years at SUU, Dodge oversaw the construction of several new campus buildings including the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which includes the Utah Shakespeare Festival complex and Southern Utah Museum of Art, the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building, and the George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center.

“While I’m excited for this opportunity to return to my roots at the state, and to work with the Governor, his leadership team, the Legislature, and great colleagues at the Department of Government Ops, my heart is heavy leaving this wonderful institution and the thousands of friends I’ve made during my time at SUU and in Cedar City,” said Dodge. “I have treasured the past nine years as we've worked together for the common good of educating the wonderful students who choose to attend SUU and become part of the T-Bird family. My heart will forever be a T-Bird.”

Dodge has been an integral part of the SUU and Cedar City communities, having served as a board member for the Dixie & Anne Leavitt Family Foundation, Southern Utah University Foundation, Utah Shakespeare Festival Foundation, and Southern Utah Museum of Art.

“Marvin’s steady leadership and dedication to SUU over the last nine years has been invaluable to our campus employees, students, and community,” said President Mindy Benson. “He has played an integral role in guiding SUU through a time of major growth. While he will be greatly missed here, I am excited for the opportunity Marvin has to use his extensive experience at the state level.”

Dodge’s new duties will be similar to the ones that he has fulfilled at Southern Utah University, as he addresses the administrative and behind-the-scenes functional roles of government. His last day with the University will be April 28, 2023.

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