From ranch hand to the president's office ...

Noelle Cockett took unusual path to becoming president of Utah State University

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  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 8:31 p.m.

    She is absolutely wonderful and refreshing! Way to go USU for choosing her!

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    Noelle Cockette, Utah State University President is a blessing to USU, the state of Utah and animal researchers. She embodies everything positive in a contemporary leader, energy, understanding and enthusiasm for the students and faculty. As scrutiny comes via Justice Department probe Noelle is the right person to move the university forward. Ranch hand to President is the right combination.

  • gar772 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 12:53 p.m.

    My daughter attends Utah State and absolutely loves it! Last year, as a freshman, she met Noelle at a local nail salon. I remember her calling home and saying how excited she was to meet Noelle. She said Noelle was interested in her opinions on campus life, her class experiences and even her feedback on new ideas the University was thinking about for incoming freshmen. Her comment to me was, " Wow, the future University President asked me for my opinion!! Can you believe it!"

    Since that time Noelle has kept in touch with my daughter. She still asks for her opinions/feedback and in several cases offered personal advice, help and mentoring. We are so grateful for Noelle's impact on our daughter and our family!! My daughter holds Noelle in the highest regard and hopes to pay it forward in her future professional career. She has seen an example of the best!

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 3:57 a.m.

    Best wishes to the new president. She is filling some big shoes at a great land grant institution and a jewel in the Utah system of higher education. emb

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 28, 2017 10:41 p.m.

    An impressive and highly accomplished individual doing work they love!

    Her success is due to hard work (okay, except for the freshman party year) and doing what needed to be done, and her efforts have been rewarded appropriately.

    Her success is the key to success for any student, or even people in non-academic pursuits.

    Note that it did not come from quotas, preferential treatment, lowering standards or the other usual liberal solutions. Exactly as it should be.

    Well done! We are lucky to have her running one of our universities!