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Provost Coward to retire, Cockett will take reins

staff writer

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 15:10

On Oct. 2, USU President Stan Albrecht announced Provost Raymond Coward will retire at the end of the school year and dean of the College of Agriculture Noelle Cockett will take his place.


Cockett said USU was quite apathetic before Coward took the position of provost. She served as interim provost for 11 months before Coward moved to Logan.


Coward has given USU intentions, Cockett said.


“I’m just one of thousands of people here trying to make this a better university, and it’s all for the students,” Coward said. “It’s why we’re here, it’s why we work so hard,”


In Albrecht’s letter to the faculty, he summarized some of the things that Coward helped develop during his past 7 years as provost. He helped create new academic units including the Caine College of Arts, the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education and  the School of Veterinary Medicine, among others.


Coward has also helped create the administrative structure and the necessary policies to support the current state-wide system, according to the letter.

“Not everyone can pick up, move to Logan, and be with us for four years, so we have to take these educational opportunities out to them,” Coward said.


Coward and the deans created the New Faculty Academy, a program to help new professors develop the skill they need to provide a high quality education.


Coward said when a school has high quality faculty, it attracts high quality students. In turn, when high quality faculty and high quality students get together, it produces high quality alumni.


“If they are better in the classroom, then students will have a better experience in the classroom,” he said.


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