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1989-1997

Steven and Marjorie Bennion

Steven and Marjorie Bennion
Steven D. Bennion

Steven D. Bennion was born and reared in Salt Lake City. As a teenager he spent summers working on a farm in Idaho's Teton Valley. He was a student body president and an accomplished three-sport athlete in high school. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Utah, interrupting his studies for a time to serve a six-month term in the army and a two-year mission to Scotland for the Church.

He met Marjorie Hopkins when he was at the University and she was attending Utah State. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1963.

They moved to Ithaca, New York, where Steve completed work for a master's degree in public administration at Cornell University. The family moved to Madison, Wisconsin where Steven was a budget analyst for the governor of Wisconsin for two years. For the next ten years, Steven served as a budget and academic planner for the University of Wisconsin. During this time he also pursued his studies to earn a doctorate degree in higher education administration.

Returning to the West in 1982, Steven was president of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah for seven years. He was called to serve as president of Ricks College from 1989 to 1997. During this time President Bennion prepared the college for the future. Computer access for students was expanded. The "fast track" program was developed to allow more students to attend Ricks. As a result of that program, student enrollment increased to 8,250 students. The John Taylor Building was constructed, the first new building on campus in 17 years. The campus spread further up the hill when 160 acres were added to the south side of the campus.

In 1997 Steven became the president of Southern Utah University, following his grandfather, Milton Bennion, who served as the institution's first principal in 1897.

Steven has served as a Bishop, in two Stake Presidencies, and as a Regional Representative. He currently is a Gospel Doctrine teacher. He had given public service in the United Way, on hospital boards, and in the Boy Scouts of America. Reading political biographies and Church history is a favorite hobby. Seven marathons and regular jogging have helped to keep him fit.

Marjorie Hopkins Bennion

Marjorie Hopkins was born in Vernal, Utah. She graduated as salutatorian at Uintah High School and attended Utah State University graduating with a dual major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. It was while she was at Utah State that she began to seriously date Steven Bennion, who was attending the University of Utah. The two married in 1963, in the Salt Lake Temple and would become the parents of five children, and are now the grandparents of 10 grandchildren.

After teaching elementary school for two years she became a full-time mother and homemaker. An avid reader, born organizer, and self-taught accountant, Marjorie owned and operated a historic tourism business in Ephraim. She created a 500-piece heritage puzzle about The Beehive State as part of the Utah Centennial celebration.

While her family was top priority, Marjorie has given faithful and loyal service to her Church and community. She has served in every organization from Primary President to Laurel Advisor and has most enjoyed her teaching service. She took an active role as chair of the Sanpete County Scandinavian Festival. Currently, devoting time to the Guild of the Utah Shakespearean Festival Board, she also looks for ways to “Care and Share” for the homeless of Iron County. As the First Lady of Snow College, Ricks College, and Southern Utah University, she has served in numerous roles as a speaker, teacher, and hostess.



A few of Marjorie's recipes
from an article in the Rexburg Standard Journal, February 11, 1993
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