Karl F. Brooks was born and reared in St. George. A graduate of Dixie College, he was Student Body President and played football and baseball. After earning his BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Utah, he became an educator in California, Nevada and Utah. For 25 years he served Dixie College as teacher, Director of High School Relations, Vice President and Athletic Director. In addition, he was mayor of St. George for 12 years, during which the city grew from 7 to 60 square miles in size and from 10,000 to 50,000 in population. Because of his key roles at both the city and the college, he was instrumental in getting the Dixie Center (now Avenna Center) built. He has been president of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and the Utah League of Cities and Towns and served as Chairman of the Zion Natural History Association, the Dixie Center Control Board and the Municipal Finance Cooperative Agency. As mayor he stressed economic development, the arts, growth in infrastructure (water, power, sewer, roads) and personnel. At Dixie College he worked to increase major gifts, expand the campus, increase scholarship endowments and obtain funding for the athletic department. Karl is known statewide as “Mr. St. George” and has a great amount of “Dixie Spirit”. He co-authored “A History of Washington County” and has received numerous education and civic awards.