Noelle E. Cockett began her tenure as Utah State University’s 16th president in October 2016. Prior to her appointment, Cockett served as USU executive vice president and provost and has held positions as vice president for extension, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and director of the Utah Agriculture Experiment Station. Cockett joined USU in 1990 as a researcher and assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Cockett has built a distinguished career in sheep genomics research, maintaining an active research program while serving in various USU leadership positions. Cockett grew up on a beef cattle ranch in eastern Montana and is married to John Cockett, director of technology in USU’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Noelle and John have two children, Dylan and Chantelle.