IBE’s Past President, Jerry Gilbert, Is Now the President of Marshall University

Past IBE president Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert has been appointed the 37th president of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He assumed the office in January 2016.

A Mississippi native with a background in biomedical engineering, Gilbert previously served for nearly six years as provost and executive vice president of Mississippi State University. Before that, he was that university’s associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs for six years. Earlier roles include head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and coordinator for the biomedical engineering graduate program in the Bagley College of Engineering.

He attained the rank of professor in 1993 after joining the Mississippi State faculty in 1988 as associate professor. From 1989-2005, he also served as adjunct clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery (research) for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He served for 10 years as a research affiliate with the Institute of Neurocognitive Science and Technology at Mississippi State, and was among the first class of Mississippi State’s honors faculty in the Shackouls Honors College.

Gilbert was a graduate assistant at Duke University and held previous academic appointments at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Medicine.

In 2014, he was elected to the inaugural board of directors of the Association of Chief Academic Officers. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, he also was inducted in the inaugural class of Fellows of IBE, which he served as president in 2005.

Gilbert says being a part of a professional society like IBE is critical in the development of a career in academics. “IBE not only gave me the chance to be involved in the sharing of research discoveries and educational insights, but also provided me with contacts and access to many professionals in the field of biological and biomedical engineering,” he added. “Being the president of IBE was a great honor and a tremendous opportunity to enhance my leadership skills. That experience, along with many others in my career journey, helped prepare me for my current position as a president of a major university. IBE is a great organization that has helped shape the careers of many individuals, including mine.”

Gilbert has a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Mississippi State and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Duke.

He and his wife Leigh are the parents of three grown children, Caroline, Sallie and Peter. They have one granddaughter, Eliza.