Noelle E. Cockett was appointed as Utah State University’s (USU) 16th president in 2016. Before that, Cockett served as executive vice president and provost at the college.
She also served as USU vice president for Extension, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and the Utah Agriculture Experiment Station director. Cockett joined USU in 1990 as a researcher and assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
Cockett built a distinguished career in sheep genomics research, maintaining an active research program while serving in various leadership positions at USU. Her research program centers on the identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in sheep.
Cockett has served as the United States coordinator for sheep genome mapping since 1993 and is an active member of the International Sheep Genomics Consortium.