Leadership Change in Athletics

In response to media reports that John Hartwell has stepped down as athletics director for Utah State University, USU provides the following statement:

“We have made great progress at USU building a positive and supportive culture throughout the university, including within USU Athletics, and we will stay focused on that goal,” said President Noelle E. Cockett. “This change in leadership will continue the momentum we have already built.”

President Cockett will announce an interim athletic director soon. A national search will begin imminently.

“In this search, we will be looking for an experienced leader who believes in collaboration with university leadership to advance the mission and vision of the institution through athletics and will continue to actively engage in USU’s work to improve the campus culture,” said President Cockett.


Amanda DeRito
Associate VP of Strategic Communications
University Marketing and Communications

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