Presidential Search Message from the Board Chairman

Photograph of Patrick Farrell, chairman of the presidential search committeeJune 17, 2021

Dear Marshall University Community,

There is widespread excitement on campus right now. Even through the tough times the entire world has endured over the past year, Marshall University has demonstrated excellence and innovation in everything from research to athletics, and from economic development to health care. As the darkness and fog of the pandemic begin to lift, bright new horizons for our institution and our community are coming into view.

It is my great privilege to help drive us toward that new horizon by launching the search for Marshall University’s 38th president.

President Jerome A. Gilbert announced in April that he will not seek an extension of his contract that concludes July 15, 2022. Over the past six years, Jerry has served as the university president with a passion for the community and a deep commitment to our students, faculty and staff. He will leave Marshall with a legacy of success. The Board of Governors appreciates his many contributions, and we are grateful for his promise of continued leadership during this transition period.

Among the board’s most important duties is selecting the university president. We take this responsibility very seriously and have benchmarked best practices from around the country to develop a transparent and inclusive presidential search process. Throughout this search process, we will work alongside faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to conduct a nationwide search. Details about the presidential search are provided on this website, and we will post frequent updates on our progress.

Our goal is to attract talent of the absolute highest caliber befitting the history and spirit of excellence that characterizes Marshall University. There are numerous ways you can get involved and help support this goal:

  • Participate in a listening session. I have appointed a search committee to host a series of listening sessions on campus and in the community so we can hear directly from you. Your thoughts about Marshall’s priorities and the qualities we should look for when selecting our next president will help inform our search.
  • Nominate a candidate. We welcome your suggestions about individuals we should seek to recruit through the presidential search process. You can submit nominations through the form on this website.
  • Send us your thoughts. The feedback form on this site will be open for the duration of the presidential search process. Feel free to send us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions at any time. The search committee will consider input from members of the Marshall community throughout all stages of the search process.
  • Participate in interviews with the candidates. Finalists for this position will be asked to visit campus and to provide presentations to the board, the campus community and the public. I hope that, when we reach this point, the presidential search will have widespread participation and attendance, particularly among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

As I said, there is a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding Marshall. We need your help to find someone who can inspire and lead our community to achieve the next level of greatness I know we are capable of.

We are…Marshall!


Patrick J. Farrell

Marshall University Board of Governors