by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer
Dixon became the eighth president of what was then known as Cedarville College in 1978 and served in that capacity for 25 years, leading the school through an incredible period of growth that included attaining university status in 2000.
During his tenure as president, Cedarville expanded its enrollment from 1,185 students in 1978, to more than 3,000 at his retirement. In addition, more than $100 million in campus facilities were built under Dixon’s leadership and the campus itself nearly tripled in size, from 180 acres to 400.
One of the school’s largest buildings, the Dixon Ministry Center, opened in 1996 and was named in honor of Dixon and his wife, Pat.
Dixon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee Temple University before earning his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds honorary doctorates from Tennessee Temple and Liberty University.
In his current role as chancellor, Dixon serves the university through preaching and speaking engagements, as well as through community and alumni relations efforts.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 18 87, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.