James Nemitz

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
400 Lee Street North
Lewisburg,WV 24901
Class 2019

James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. became the 7th President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in July 2018. He previously served as Vice President for Administration and External Relations for eight years at WVSOM where he was responsible for accreditation, institutional effectiveness and assessment, faculty development, the Center for Rural and Community Health, research and grants, special events, and media services. In this role, he was also involved in governmental relations, strategic planning and institutional policy. Dr. Nemitz served as the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education overseeing the first two years of the program from 2004 to 2010.Dr. Nemitz is a tenured professor of Anatomy with over 30 years of service at WVSOM. He previously served as the Gross Anatomy course coordinator, director of the Office of Rural Recruitment and Retention, faculty representative to the WVSOM Board of Advisors and Board of Governors, and the chair of the Higher Education Policy Commission’s State Advisory Council of Faculty of West Virginia. Dr. Nemitz is published in the fields of anatomy, neuroscience, medical education and health policy.Dr. Nemitz earned his bachelor degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College, his doctorate degree in Anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia and completed postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience from both the Yale University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia. He completed a Health Policy Fellowship in 2017 through Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a certified Covey facilitator.He has served the osteopathic profession nationally through various committees with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He currently is an accreditation evaluator for the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.Dr. Nemitz is the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the West Virginia Professor of the Year (1999), the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Educator of the Year (2002) and the George W. Northup, D.O. Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Osteopathic Education (2005).Jim was born and raised in New York City, but considers himself a West Virginian. He has strong family ties to the Greenbrier Valley where he has resided for over thirty years. He is a proud father (Julianna) and grandfather (Nora).