Utah Board of Higher Education begins search for 17th USU president

Search committee to be named in coming days

The Utah Board of Higher Education has begun a national search for the 17th president of Utah State University following President Noelle Cockett’s announcement last month that she plans to step down effective July 2023. 

The search committee will be co-chaired by Utah Board of Higher Education member Richard Wheeler and Utah State University Board of Trustees Chair Kent Alder. A national search firm has been retained to aid in the process, which will begin immediately. Additional search committee members will be named in the coming days and will be comprised of representatives from the Board of Higher Education, trustees, and institutional stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni and community members. 

“As with all USHE presidential searches, the Utah Board of Higher Education intends to conduct a vigorous search for the best talent available. Our goal is to name an inclusive leader who is dedicated to the success of USU students, faculty and staff,” said Lisa Michele Church, Utah Board of Higher Education chair. “In this search, we will call for community feedback which will be essential to informing our decision-making process. We look forward to hearing from students and stakeholders about their vision for Utah State University in the coming years.”

In the near future, the Presidential Search Committee will host public forums to obtain input from the USU community and the general public on the presidential search. The committee’s duties will include approving a position announcement, calling for nominations and applications with the assistance of a national search firm, screening applicants, and recommending three to five finalists to the Board of Higher Education. It is anticipated that a new president will be in place by the summer of 2023.

Presidential search updates can be found at ushe.edu and usu.edu/president-search.

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