The Utah Board of Higher Education has commenced a national search for Utah State University’s 17th president following an announcement from Noelle E. Cockett that she would step down on July 1, 2023.
The Utah State University Presidential Search Committee will host six public meetings on Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 2 to obtain input from members of the USU community and the general public on the search for the next USU president. Attendees will have the opportunity to join in-person or virtual meetings.
After the position announcement is finalized, the committee will go to work, utilizing a search firm, recruiting candidates, screening applications, and conducting interviews with a number of potential finalists. The next public announcement from the committee will be when it recommends three to five finalists to the Utah Board of Higher Education. It is anticipated that a new president will be selected by the summer of 2023.
Presidential search updates can be found at ushe.edu and on this page when they become available.
Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small agricultural college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving, multi-campus R-1 research university known throughout the world for its intellectual and technological leadership. Utah State is a premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant university that fosters the principle that academics come first by cultivating diversity of thought and culture, and by serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement.
The university employs over 10,000 people via faculty, staff, and student positions across its 38 Extension sites and 31 statewide locations. Those include three residential campuses in Logan, Blanding, and Price. USU Online is Utah’s premiere online university, which provides students access to the same top-tier education anytime, anywhere.
Over the last six years, the university has:
- Became just one of 146 research universities to earn the R1 Carnegie classification for excellence in research.
- Obtained state funding and approval for Utah’s only college of veterinary medicine.
- Received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, the highest level of recognition for community engagement.
- Oversaw the creation of the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air to connect USU experts with state and national decision makers.
- Signed an agreement with land-grant and HBCU Fort Valley State University to collaborate on research, education programming and student support.
- Consistently ranked in the top 10 among public universities in the nation by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and service.
- Created a new USU Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and hired its inaugural vice president.
- Secured state and private funding for the Mehdi Heravi Global Teaching and Learning Center and created the Heravi Peace Institute.
- Celebrated the opening of a new campus in Moab, the first net-zero energy facility in the USU system.
- Completed and opened the 103,000-square-foot life sciences building.
- Saw a record-breaking $110 million fundraising year and launched the Create Your Aggie Impact Campaign.
- Celebrated 25 years of excellence in online education.
- Increased student completion of certificates and degrees by 16%, a growth of more than 3% per year.
- Launched the Utah State Promise grant program that covers the remaining tuition and fees for Pell grant recipients.
- Established the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies to support student and community health and well-being.