[caption id="attachment_31285" align="alignleft" width="219"]<img class=" wp-image-31285" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/02\/Jim-Nemitz-Ph.D-2068x3000.jpeg" alt="" width="219" height="318" \/> Jim Nemitz, Ph.D.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Board of Governors appointed James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., as the medical school\u2019s next president.<\/h1>\r\nNemitz, who has been employed with WVSOM for the past 31 years and currently serves as the school\u2019s vice president for administration and external relations, will begin his role on July 1. Nemitz will be WVSOM\u2019s seventh president.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am truly honored to be selected as the next president of WVSOM. This is a place that I\u2019ve devoted a majority of my career, it\u2019s a place that I love with all my heart and it\u2019s a place that I deeply care about,\u201d Nemitz said after his announcement. \u201cI have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I received during the process and since the announcement has been made. I look forward to stepping into this role with a lot of enthusiasm and energy for the purpose of making sure that this great institution continues to move forward and make a difference in the lives of others.\u201d\r\n\r\nNemitz will succeed Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., who has been serving as WVSOM\u2019s president the past eight years and, who Nemitz said, has acted as a mentor to him throughout his time in a leadership position.\r\n\r\n\u201cDr. Adelman has been a great mentor to me. I couldn\u2019t have asked for a more caring and thoughtful person to help me understand what it takes to be a president,\u201d Nemitz said.\r\n\r\nAdelman said he is confident that Nemitz\u2019s professional qualifications and passion for WVSOM will help lead the school forward.\r\n\r\n\u201cI can\u2019t think of a more deserving person to lead WVSOM as the next president,\u201d Adelman said. \u201cJim has worked at WVSOM for more than three decades and that alone shows his commitment to our school. He began as an anatomy professor, and over the years, has been successful in his leadership roles. I have no doubt that he will continue to have the school\u2019s best interest in mind when he assumes his role as president. Though I hate to say goodbye to WVSOM, I know it will be in good hands when I leave.\u201d\r\n\r\nCharles Davis, D.O., WVSOM\u2019s Board of Governors chairman, said he was honored to announce the appointment of Nemitz as the next president.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs a Board of Governors, we believe Dr. Nemitz is the best candidate to continue the indelible legacy Dr. Adelman has created during his tenure, as well as lead the school. Transitions always have challenges; however, I anticipate this changing of the guard to be virtually seamless,\u201d Davis said.\r\n\r\nDuring the transitional period leading up to July, Nemitz said he plans to work to establish himself as president by reinforcing relationships with faculty, staff and students at the school and Statewide Campus, alumni, community members, legislators, hospital and clinic leaders, and West Virginia university and college presidents.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m excited to get started. As I told the board, you don\u2019t take lightly the fact that you\u2019re protecting the jobs of almost 300 employees and overseeing 800-plus students,\u201d he said. \u201cI truly feel in my heart this is what I\u2019m supposed to do and I look forward to leading the school.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn his current role, Nemitz oversees the accreditation and institutional effectiveness processes; research and grants; community outreach; government relations at the local, state and national levels; and manages special events such as graduation, grand affair and convocation\/white coat ceremony. He has also been WVSOM\u2019s associate dean for preclinical education, director of the Office of Rural Recruitment and Retention and has served as an anatomy professor. He has provided service to the national osteopathic profession and West Virginia higher education.