Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert became the 37th President of Marshall University in January of 2016. This position followed almost six years as Provost and Executive Vice President of Mississippi State University. Prior to his provost position, he served as Associate Provost for six years. His previous administrative appointments were as Interim Department Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering from 1995 to 1996, and permanent Head from 1996 through 2003. While Department Head, he helped establish the undergraduate concentration and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Gilbert received his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. He began his academic career in 1982 at North Carolina State University where he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In 1983, Dr. Gilbert accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). While at UNC, he established the biomechanics research laboratory and also was a member of the faculty of Biomedical Engineering. In 1988, he accepted a faculty position at Mississippi State University. Dr. Gilbert’s research has been in orthopedic biomechanics, fracture fixation, cellular mechanics, biomaterials, bone remodeling, and osteoporosis. He was supported in his research by NIH, NSF, USDA, and various other public and private sources.
Dr. Gilbert is a former national president of the Institute of Biological Engineering (2005) and is a member of numerous other professional societies. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2007) and the Institute of Biological Engineering (2008). Dr. Gilbert has been an active member of several local organizations to support the arts and to promote public education. He cofounded a local non-profit in support of public education excellence, the Starkville Foundation for Public Education. He and his wife Leigh have three adult children and one granddaughter.