The Board of Trustees of Dallas International University is pleased to announce the inauguration of its third President, Dr. Scott Berthiaume. Continuing the university’s commitment to provide education and research opportunities in multicultural contexts, Scott brings years of international experience to DIU, as a teacher, researcher and leader in higher education, and his leadership will expand DIU’s ability to prepare students for newly-emerging roles and intercultural partnerships. These strengths will enable DIU to achieve greater educational excellence and to continue preparing students for global service.
Scott Berthiaume first joined the Dallas International University family in 1999 as a Texas-SIL student, returned in 2017 to become the Dean of Academic Affairs, and most recently, was appointed to serve DIU as its third President beginning in July 2022. He worked and lived with his family in Mexico for 18 years, serving with both SIL and the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in a variety of roles, including President of the Board, Director of Language Services, Director of the Diplomado en Lingüística Aplicada, Public Relations Coordinator, Linguistics Coordinator, consultant and researcher.
Scott has a BA in Biblical Studies (Biola University) and an MA and PhD in Linguistics (University of Texas at Arlington.) His primary research interest is the Northern Pame language, spoken in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He has presented and published regarding the linguistic aspects of Mexican languages and is currently a collaborator on a longitudinal study of child language acquisition of Northern Pame. He is keenly interested in how the complexities of language structures influence children’s abilities in learning their first language.
Scott was raised in the Northwest but has lived in hot, sunny climates all his adult life. Nevertheless, he keeps up with his favorite sport, alpine ski racing, via his Eurosport streaming account. Scott and his wife, Tonia, live in downtown Dallas and enjoy walking the Katy Trail and visiting interesting nooks for a good bite or some exceptional coffee. As an amateur guitarist, Scott loves to play his Rickenbacker and Martin guitars and occasionally leads in worship times at the school.
Scott and Tonia continue to be actively involved in Latin American culture and service opportunities, and he is a board member for Hidalgo Ministries, a local non-profit that serves underprivileged residents of Northwest Dallas through kids’ clubs. Tonia and Scott have four grown children and three daughters-in-law.