President Gilbert to take office officially Jan. 16

Incoming Marshall University President Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert is in Huntington this week to begin getting settled in. He will assume his duties as the university’s 37th president this Saturday, Jan. 16.

His schedule currently includes three public events  for next week, as follows:


Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day

5:30 p.m. – Celebration, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Marshall University

Annual celebration sponsored by the NAACP and the university’s Office of Intercultural Affairs. President Gilbert will be making brief remarks at the celebration.


Tuesday, Jan. 19: Higher Education Day at the Legislature

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston

Annual event sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. President Gilbert will be visiting legislators and participating in the day’s activities with the state’s other public university and college presidents. The presidents will receive a citation from the House of Delegates, a resolution from the Senate and a proclamation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.


Wednesday, Jan. 20: Media Availability

10-10:30 a.m.
Office of the President, Old Main 216, Huntington campus

Gilbert will be available to speak with members of the media regarding his first days as president, his vision and goals for Marshall, etc.


Follow President Gilbert on Twitter at @MarshalluPres beginning Saturday, Jan. 16.

For more information about his appointment as president, visit