President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Lewisburg, West Virginia
Commensurate with education and experience
Jun 30, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Summary: Reporting to the Board of Governors, the president is the chief executive of the WVSOM, defining its educational commitments and its standard of excellence and securing all necessary resources for the fulfillment of its mission.  The president will lead WVSOM to success through inspirational leadership.  The president will be expected to articulate the mission and core values of the college, and help all campus constituents understand their role in achieving that mission.

The president is the executive agent of the Board of Governors and shall, as educational and administrative head of the WVSOM, exercise such powers as are inherent in the position in promoting, supporting, and protecting the interests of the school and in managing and directing its affairs.  The president shall be the spokesperson for the school and shall bring such matters to the attention of the Board as are appropriate to keep the Board fully informed in meeting its policy-making responsibilities.

The following are specific areas of accountability for the president:

  • The president will initiate short and long-term goals and objectives to encourage excellence while ensuring financial stability.
  • The president will be effective in representing this state-supported school to the state legislature, Governor, and federal elected officials, and will continue to secure government funds needed for operation and for capital improvements.
  • The president will lead faculty, staff and administrators to pursue goals in a clear, purposeful way, including objectives that address student needs, initiatives in teaching, aspirations in academic scholarship, programs of service and leadership, and the professional development of faculty and staff.
  • The president will raise funds from individual donors, private and non-profit sources, government agencies, corporations, and foundations.
  • The president will assess overall institutional performance in relation to established goals.  Working closely and collaboratively with the Dean and the faculty, the president will establish and maintain the academic programs, policies, and support services for WVSOM to address the needs of students.
  • The president will establish the strategic goals of the School and will direct strategic academic planning for the institution overall, coordinating the departments to achieve the School's mission.
  • The president will lead initiatives to strengthen research and the academic programs.
  • The president will further strengthen relationships with health care providers in West Virginia.
  • The president will also have full accountability for student quality and the student experience, ensuring that an effective enrollment management plan is in place and that appropriate steps are being taken to provide WVSOM with a first-class education in a highly stimulating environment.

Desired Experience and Credentials

  • D.O., Ph.D., Ed.D. or equivalent credentials
  • Proven leadership and administrative in academic or comparable setting. 
  • Experience in an osteopathic medical school and as a faculty member highly preferred.   
  • Experience in managing health care clinics desired.
  • A deep understanding of and willingness to be a strong advocate for the profession of osteopathic medicine and its particular orientation to serving rural communities.
  • A familiarity with academic values of medical education and career paths in the medical profession.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure and operation of higher education in West Virginia.
  • Proven track record of working cooperatively with a graduate-level collegiate governing board.
  • A working familiarity with the legislative process in West Virginia.
  • An appreciation for and sensitivity to the cultural uniqueness of the Appalachian people in general and the people of West Virginia specifically.
  • Measurable accomplishments in the area of institutional advancement and fundraising.

Leadership Skills

  • Excellent communications skills, including listening.
  • Interpersonal facilitation skills.
  • Ability to make good decisions.
  • Willingness to debate alternative strategies,
  • Salesmanship and a talent for advocacy.
  • Fund-raising ability.
  • Ability to negotiate in a number of contexts.

Personal Characteristics

  • Honesty (includes character and integrity).
  • Commitment to the institution.
  • A warm and well-rounded personality.
  • The ability to create a feeling of family with the WVSOM community.
  • Candor.
  • A willingness to continue learning during the presidency.

More specifically, the ideal candidates will possess or have demonstrated the following attributes:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; a record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong external relationships.  A consensus-builder "of the first order."
  • Ability to communicate an inspiring long-term vision for the future and be an articulate and engaging spokesperson for the school.
  • History of bringing together different organizations and individuals around common goals - a "leader among leaders."
  • Ability to project a genuine passion for an organization's mission and objectives.
  • Proven track record of cultivating the interest and involvement of both current and potential donors, resulting in the closing of major and principal gifts.
  • Knowledge of the "business of osteopathic medical schools": finances, research, accreditation, the challenges and operation of community hospitals.
  • Strong fiscal skills and proven experience with budgets and management.
  • Commitment to developing osteopathic medical education to foster new, innovative approaches that adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • A collegial, consultative, and diplomatic management style that respects and facilitates interdisciplinary cooperation;  the ability to be strong, disciplined, and decisive, to take calculated risks, and to build organizations,
  • Analytical skills and conceptual thinking that identifies opportunities and catalyzes action.
  • Level of comfort in hands-on engagement in key areas, but with a sense of when and how to effectively delegate to others.
  • Extraordinary patience and a tolerance for ambiguity.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, humor and optimism.
  • Approachable and compassionate.
  • Utmost humility - is self-confident without arrogance and politically astute without being "political."
  • Unquestioned personal integrity.


This position will be a full-time position with full state benefits and is exempt from FLSA provisions regarding overtime.  Salary commensurate with education and experience. 


All applicants must complete an online application; paper applications cannot be accepted.  Applicants may apply online at  

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Position Description, and the names and contact information of five (5) professional references.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Applications are considered confidential. The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 15, 2017.

Nominations, confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Leslie Bicksler, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at 304/647-6279 or

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.

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