[caption id="attachment_17025" align="alignleft" width="250"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/02\/Dr.-Jerome-Gilbert.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-17025" alt="Dr. Jerome Gilbert" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/02\/Dr.-Jerome-Gilbert-250x300.jpg" width="250" height="300" \/><\/a> Dr. Jerome Gilbert[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_17018" align="alignleft" width="250"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/02\/Cathey-Sawyer.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-17018" alt="Cathey Sawyer" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/02\/Cathey-Sawyer-250x300.jpg" width="250" height="300" \/><\/a> Cathey Sawyer[\/caption]\r\n\r\n<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Mar. 15, at The Greenbrier Hotel. Business Leader of the Year for 2016 honoree will be Cathey Sawyer, artistic director for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. The Chamber\u2019s guest speaker for the event will be Marshall University President Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert. Tickets for the event will be $89 per ticket, and main sponsorship opportunities are still available. Invitations for the dinner will be sent in the mail.<\/span>\r\n\r\nSawyer is in her 25th season as producing artistic director of Greenbrier Valley Theatre. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and has directed over 200 plays professionally including several premiere productions.\r\n\r\nBefore moving to West Virginia, she held associate director posts and was a resident actor for Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, AR, New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MS, and American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL, and was the Resident Director for Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. She directed the premiere of \u201cGlory Girls\u201d for Abingdon Theatre Company in NYC. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing. Also an Equity Actor, she has worked on stage and in film and television.\r\n\r\nFavorite roles include Amanda in \u201cThe Glass Menagerie,\u201d Jesse in \u201c\u2019Night, Mother,\u201d opposite Academy Award winner Mercedes McCambridge, Desiree in \u201cA Little Night Music,\u201d Titania in \u201cA Midsummer Night\u2019s Dream,\u201d and Louise in \u201cAlways, Patsy Cline.\u201d\r\n\r\nSawyer is the vocalist for the WV Jazz Orchestra and for the Washington Street Strutters. She is a recipient of the Governor\u2019s Award for Artistic Excellence and the Order of Arts & Historical Letters Recognition from the West Virginia Division of Culture & History. She was 2009\u2019s Business Leader of the Year and currently serves on the Board of the Greenbrier Valley Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, she received the Governor\u2019s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.\r\n\r\nDr. Jerome A. Gilbert was named the 37th president of Marshall University on Oct. 20, 2015. He assumed the presidency in January 2016.\r\n\r\nA 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 the university\u2019s 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.\r\n\r\nGilbert 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\u2019s honors faculty in the Shackouls Honors College.\r\n\r\nGilbert 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 the Institute of Biological Engineering, an organization for which he served as president in 2005.\r\n\r\nHe has a bachelor\u2019s degree in biological engineering from Mississippi State and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Duke.\r\n\r\nGilbert and his wife Leigh are the parents of three grown children, Caroline, Sallie and Peter. They have one granddaughter, Eliza.