Elizabeth Cantwell selected as new president at Utah State University

May 19, 2023, 9:25 PM

Elizabeth "Betsy" R. Cantwell was named 17th president of Utah State University on Friday by the Ut...

Elizabeth "Betsy" R. Cantwell was named 17th president of Utah State University on Friday by the Utah Higher Board of Education. She speaks to a crowd on Friday after her announcement. Photo credit: screen shot courtesy of Utah State University.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Board of Higher Education announced Friday it has selected Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Cantwell as the 17th president of Utah State University. The announcement comes following an extensive national search.

Cantwell is currently serving as vice president for research and innovation at the University of Arizona. She is responsible for an $825 million annual research portfolio. 

She will replace Noelle E. Cockett, who will step down next month. Cockett had served as president since January 2017.

Cantwell will begin her responsibilities at Utah State later this summer.

“I’m enormously grateful for the Utah Board of Higher Education for the faith they’ve put in me to become the next president of an amazing institution like Utah State University,” Cantwell said in a news release. “I’m very thankful for President Cockett for setting Utah State up as well as she has to be on the upward trajectory that it is today.”

Additionally, Cantwell says she’s excited about serving the students, faculty and staff “who have been welcoming, charming” and made her “certain that this is the place to be.”

Prior to her time at the University of Arizona, Cantwell served as vice president for research and development at Arizona State University. 

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah State University

Pine trees in Wasatch-Cache National Forest...

Devin Oldroyd

Wet soil making Utah’s ground too soft for some trees, expert gives guidance

With the Beehive State receiving an abnormal amount of precipitation, our soil is wetter than ever. So wet that some trees can't stay standing.

1 month ago

One week after his heart stopped during football practice, Utah State University freshman wide rece...

Peter Johnston

USU wide receiver Josh Davis thanks the trainers that kept him alive

Davis collapsed from non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest one week ago during USU's spring practice at Maverik Stadium.

2 months ago

usu sign is pictured, a lawsuit has been filed against the school...

Hugo Rikard-Bell

USU grad files lawsuit against university for racist caricature

USU released a statement about the lawsuit and said the school followed its non-discrimination policy when the student initially made the complaint.

2 months ago

The Points for Protein event will yield 140,000 servings of food.(The Utah Pork Producers)...

Tom Haraldsen

Utah Food Bank scores big with a 35K pound pork donation

The Utah Food Bank scores big with 35,000 pounds of pork donations. The 'Points for Pork' program will help feed Utah families.

3 months ago

This years record-breaking runoff has made it difficult for Utah farmers to start planting their sp...


New mental health program focuses on Utah farmers

A new program by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is taking a closer look at the mental health of farmers.

3 months ago

Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended Moscow's participation in the last remaining nuclear arm...

Mark Jones

Vladimir Putin suspends Nuclear Arms Treaty, what does it mean?

A Utah State University professor explains on KSL at Night what Vladimir Putin was doing in his decision to suspend Nuclear Arms Treaty.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Group of cheerful team members high fiving each other...

Visit Bear Lake

How To Plan a Business Retreat in Bear Lake This Spring

Are you wondering how to plan a business retreat this spring? Read our sample itinerary to plan a team getaway to Bear Lake.

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...

BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...

Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Elizabeth Cantwell selected as new president at Utah State University