Utah State University will have a new president in 2017.
In a live campus broadcast on Wednesday, the Utah Board of Regents named Noelle Cockett as the university’s new president.
Cockett will succeed current president Stan Albrecht, who is retiring. Albrecht has been president since 2005.
As the 16th president of the university, Cockett will be USU’s first female president.
Cockett is currently USU’s Provost. She has been at Utah State since 1990, and has held the Provost position since 2013.
According to the Utah Board of Regents, Cockett is also the first female president at the university level in Utah’s Higher Education System. Salt Lake Community College is the only other higher education school with a female president.
Cockett will begin her term as USU President in January.
More information on Cockett can be found in her bio on USU’s website.