WVSOM Senior Leadership

 

Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D.
President

Dr. Adelman is the 6th President of WVSOM. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at WVSOM.

Prior to his appointment at WVSOM, he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM).

Dr. Adelman graduated from the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery followed by a residency in Proctology. He holds a degree from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a residency in Podiatric Surgery.

He maintained a private practice prior to pursuing an academic medicine career. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo in 2004.

Dr. Adelman was in the first cohort of the AOA/OU-COM Health Policy Fellowship and served as the Chair of the Institute for National Health Policy and Research from 1996-1999.

He lectures nationally on leadership, medical education issues as well as hospital and government regulations.

He also has more than forty years experience as a professional entertainer in magic and ventriloquism.


 

Lorenzo L. Pence, D.O., FACOFP
VP for Academic Affairs & Dean

Dr. Pence currently serves as the chief academic officer for WVSOM through his appointment as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.
 
He is a tenured professor of family medicine. Previously he served as the associate dean of Graduate Medical Education for seven years. 
 
Dr. Pence served as director of medical education at three hospitals: Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC) in Ronceverte, W.Va., St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo and The Toledo Hospital, Ohio. Pence earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.Va. He graduated from WVSOM in 1985 and completed his residency training in family medicine at Parkview Hospital in Toledo.

 

James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.
VP for Administration & External Relations

Dr. Nemitz is a tenured professor of Anatomy with 25 years of service at WVSOM.

Since 2004, he served as the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education overseeing the first two years of the program.

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 Higher Education Policy Commission's State Advisory Council of Faculty of West Virginia.


 

Larry Ware, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Vice President for Finance and Facilities

A native of West Virginia, Ware earned his MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

He has more than 20 years of financial and administrative experience in higher education.

Previously, he served as Associate Vice President for Fiscal Affairs at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, and as Associate Controller at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.


 

Leslie W. Bicksler, MSW
Associate Vice President of Human Resources

A native of Greenbrier County, Bicksler understands the importance of cultivating people, organizations and communities to their full potential.

Prior to joining WVSOM's staff in 2005 she served as the Director of Human Resources for a regional bank with locations in West Virginia and Virginia and as Executive Director of the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.

Bicksler is an active member of the Greenbrier Valley Community including Rotary, PEO, Greenbrier Classic and the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce for which she has served as President.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.


 

Marilea Butcher
Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Marilea Butcher is WVSOM's Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs. She is a native of Greenbrier County and a graduate of Concord University's communications arts program.

She was promoted to her current position after serving as Interim Executive Assistant to the President. Prior to this, she served as Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

In her current role, she provides executive and confidential support to the President in support of the mission and strategic plan of WVSOM.

She also coordinates special projects and functions for the President and oversees the alumni, and foundation offices. In addition, she currently manages and directs the department of marketing & communications.


Shawver, Jeffrey  

Jeffrey M. Shawver, J.D.
General Counsel

Jeffrey M. Shawver is the General Counsel for WVSOM. He also serves as a Commissioner on the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission.

Prior to joining WVSOM, he served as the Deputy General Counsel to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Previously, he served the State of West Virginia in the capacity of Governor's Privacy Officer, Special Assistant to then-Governor Joe Manchin III, and Assistant to the General Counsel for the West Virginia Secretary of State. Shawver has also worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP in Charleston.

A native of West Virginia, Shawver earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia State University in 2004, graduating summa cum laude, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2008, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

Shawver is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and has court admissions with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.