Noelle Cockett inaugurated as next USU president

The Ellen Eccles Theater was packed Thursday night with Aggies for the inauguration concert for the 16th President of Utah State University, Noelle Cockett. Ron Jeppsen introduced the evening program which included music by the USU Wind Orchestra and the Chamber Singers.

After a few speeches, the new president talked about the history of the land grant institutions like USU. She also took the time to thank the previous President Stan Albrecht who could not be there and remarked about his leadership and how he was a personal mentor. She added that she will continue to support the research done at Utah State and strive for inclusion of all people onto campus.

The finale of the evening came with drums and bagpipes performing and the Orchestra and Singers leading those in attendance in doing “The Scotsman”.

A reception was held afterwards where the newest Aggie Ice Cream was served. The ice cream with peanut butter, a fudge ribbon and chocolate-covered pretzel was officially named “Inauguration Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch”.

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