[caption id="attachment_34119" align="alignleft" width="208"]<img class=" wp-image-34119" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/08\/WVSOM-President-Nemitz-speaks-at-Rotary.png" alt="" width="208" height="229" \/> Dr. James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The Lewisburg Rotary Club met on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Lewisburg Elk\u2019s County Club. This week\u2019s speaker was the new president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.<\/h1>\r\nThe seventh president of WVSOM, Nemitz has actually worked for the school for 31 years. He has previously served at the school\u2019s vice president for administration and external affairs, among other positions.\r\n\r\nDr. Nemitz spoke to the Rotary about how he came to be president of WVSOM and what his future plans for the school are. A self-described \u201cborn again West Virginian,\u201d he discussed the importance of the relationship of WVSOM with the community, as well as how he plans to focus on research expansion and partnerships with other schools.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are out in the community trying to help the residents be healthier,\u201d said Dr. Nemitz. \u201cI also want to continue to grow community relations. The Greenbrier Valley is a great place to be, and we are here together to do good in the world.\u201d He went on to emphasize how WVSOM was voted, for the seventh time now, as a great college to work for, and said that WVSOM is the number one school in America when it comes to rural placement of physicians.\r\n\r\nHe mentioned that Abracadabra, a TV show geared toward children and produced by WVSOM in partnership with the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Association, won an Emmy award recently. \u201cWe want to be making a difference in kid\u2019s lives,\u201d he said. The show is aired in 13 states and has six seasons.\r\n\r\nAn installation ceremony for Dr. Nemitz will be held Sept. 28 at the WVSOM student center. A carnival for children is planned for the following day, Sept. 29. Visit www.wvsom.edu for more information.\r\n\r\nThe Lewisburg Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12 noon at the Lewisburg Elk\u2019s Country Club. The public is invited to attend.