USU President Noelle Cockett to retire effective July 1, 2023 – Cache Valley Daily

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Noelle E. Cockett delivers the 2022 State of the University Address at Utah State University March 21 in Logan. Photo courtesy of Utah State University.

LOGAN — Dr. Noelle Cockett, president of Utah State University since 2017, announced Tuesday that she will step down as head of the school effective July 1, 2023.

She said she would continue as a tenured USU faculty member focused on sheep genomics research.

Ken White, vice president of USU and in his 10th year as dean of agriculture and applied science, was surprised by the announcement.

“Yeah, I guess I kind of was,” White said. “Noelle and I had a very close relationship for many, many years, 31 years. She gave me a little nudge. But, yeah, a little disappointed that she quit.

Towards the end of the 2020 USU football season, Aggie’s football team refused to board the plane for the final game of the year at Colorado State due to comments of President Cockett on interim football coach Frank Maile.

Could this have influenced his decision to resign?

“Everything they thought they heard was in the wrong context,” White added, “and I’m pretty confident that Noelle was able to put that behind her and she did really, really well and topped that and I doubt that this be any factor in that decision.

A subsequent investigation absolved him of any wrongdoing.

Cockett’s career at USU began in 1990 as a research fellow in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences. She served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences from 2002 to 2013 before serving as vice president of USU Extension from 2006 to 2013. Cockett was named executive vice president and provost in 2013 and four years later, she became the 16th president of USU and the first woman. run the university.

“President Cockett’s tenure included great strides for the university, its statewide campuses, and the community in the areas of research, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and excellence in education,” said Higher Education Council Chair Lisa Michele Church.

The Utah Council on Higher Education will immediately begin a nationwide search for USU’s 17th president.





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