J Gilbert for website

January 2016

Welcome to Marshall University!

What an honor it is to have been asked to lead this vibrant university. It is difficult to express the overwhelming excitement my wife Leigh and I feel as we start to become part of Marshall University and the Huntington community.

I have found that one of the most compelling things about our university is the hope, love and unity of spirit embedded in the refrain “We Are Marshall.” I knew from my first visit to campus that phrase was an inclusive one and that “we” really reflects acceptance and respect. This is a special place.

If you are considering embarking upon or continuing on your college career here at Marshall, I can assure you that you will find a real community, where everyone is dedicated to your progress and will work with you to fully develop your potential to be a leader for the 21st century. While you are here, you will expand not only your academic and social horizons, but you will also be taking your place in a proud, ongoing tradition.

The Marshall family has welcomed us with open arms. I can promise you that they will do the same for you.

I’m extremely proud to be here, and look forward to welcoming you as a future son or daughter of Marshall University.

We Are…Marshall!



Jerome A. Gilbert, Ph.D.