July 6, 2022

Rich Etchberger Named Interim Vice President for Statewide Campuses


Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett has named Rich Etchberger as the interim vice president for USU Statewide Campuses, effective as of July 1. Etchberger assumes the role after serving as vice provost since 2017.

Etchberger will replace Larry Smith, who took on the role of USU Provost on July 1. Etchberger will serve in the role until the completion of an internal search for a permanent vice president for Statewide Campuses. The search will be led by Robert Wagner, executive vice president, with the anticipation of making an official hire for the position in the fall 2022 semester.

“I’m thrilled Statewide will be under Rich’s strong leadership and that the unit’s strength and momentum will continue forward,” Smith said in an email to USU statewide employees.

Etchberger began his career at USU Uintah Basin as a wildlife science professor in 1995. Etchberger still teaches one course each semester – USU 1350 Integrated Life Science. Etchberger’s teaching has given him many accolades over the years, including being named the 2015 Carnegie Professor for the state of Utah and the 2014 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the USU College of Natural Resources. In 2011, Etchberger was awarded the Professor of the Year for USU Uintah Basin.

Etchberger received a bachelor’s in ecology from Unity College in Maine followed by a master’s and doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona. In 2014, Etchberger mentored David Baird, a USU Uintah Basin wildlife science student, helping Baird earn the University Undergraduate Researcher title at the USU Robins Awards.

Marcus Jensen
News Coordinator
University Marketing and Communications

Rich Etchberger
Interim Vice President for Statewide Campuses

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