50th Anniversary

1972 - 2022

Celebrate 50 years of molding medical minds.

Portrait Dr. Nemitz (President)

Welcome to the WVSOM 50th Anniversary web page!

I am very excited to share with you information about the 50th anniversary celebration of WVSOM's founding. It is amazing how far our institution has come during the past fifty years and exciting to see how far we will go in the next 50! The unlikely journey from the school's humble beginnings to becoming a national leader for producing graduates who practice in rural settings is truly remarkable and one to celebrate!

A year-long celebration has been planned for this year that will include events on our Lewisburg campus, throughout our statewide campus regions, as well as, alumni get togethers outside of West Virginia. The celebration will culminate in a Golden Jubilee celebration, an all-school reunion and the celebration of our Founders Day.

I anticipate these events will bring together alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends, legislators, business leaders, community members, applicants, media and others to celebrate the contributions the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has made over the past 50 years to West Virginia, the Appalachian region and the nation!

Please bookmark this page so you can refer to it throughout the year as additional information and materials are added.

I want to thank everyone who is serving on the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. I appreciate everyone's extra work to make this year special.

I invite everyone to join in the celebration of our institution's 50th Anniversary!

Let's Celebrate,
James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.
WVSOM President

WVSOM Firsthand

WVSOM was founded on December 12th, 1972, with the mission to produce quality, caring, highly competent osteopathic physicians who would go on to serve rural West Virginia and beyond. Fifty years later, we continue to fulfill this mission. This is our story, told by those who have lived it.

The above playlist contains all published video testimonies. Click the icon in the top right to expand the list and select a specific video, or play them all in order of publication. All segments listed below.

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has come a long way over the years, growing, evolving and always staying true to our heart in focusing on rural healthcare. Learn about some of our history firsthand from WVSOM alumni, students, and both current and past faculty and staff in this video series.

Firsthand video testimonies:

  • Zachary Comeaux, D.O., WVSOM Faculty 01' - 13'
  • Cheryl Baker, Secretary to the President 74' - 18'
  • John Manchester, Director of Communications 89' - 05'
  • Kendall Wilson, D.O., class of 1981
  • David Allen, D.O., class of 1978
  • Craig Boisvert, D.O., WVSOM Faculty 88' - 21', VP - Academic Affairs / Dean
  • Faith Payne, D.O., class of 2007
  • John Manchin II, D.O., class of 1978
  • Manuel Ballas, D.O., class of 1993
  • Meagan Cobb, D.O., class of 2013
  • John Schriefer, Ph.D., WVSOM Faculty 86' - 16'
  • Tom Takubo, D.O., WV State Senate, Class of 1999
  • Meagan Cobb, D.O., clas of 2013
  • Edward Eskew, D.O., class of 1978
  • Cathy Dailey, D.O., class of 1989
  • Mark Waddell, D.O., class of 1990

Song for the WVSOM Golden Jubilee

Music and Lyrics by Alexander L. Bingcang, D.O. WVSOM Class of 2006

CME Events

May 6 - 7

Pediatric Primary Care CME

WVSOM Campus
& Virtual

June 8 - 11

Summer Seminar

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
& Virtual

November 3 - 6

20th Annual WVOMA CME Conference

The Greenbrier Resort
WVSOM campus

Alumni Events

March 25

AAO Reception

Orlando, FL

Room Wekiwa 1 

March 26

Alumni Dinner

Orlando, FL

Eddie V's Prime Seafood 

March 27

Alumni Dinner

Tampa, FL

Eddie V's Prime Seafood 

May 4

Alumni Dinner

Upper Arlington, OH

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse 

SWC Regional Events

Attendance by invitation only.

March 10

South Central

Berry Hills CC
South Charleston, WV

April 5

South East

Chuck Mathena Center
Princeton, WV

May 3


Straford Springs
Wheeling, WV

July 13

South West

The Frederick
Huntington, WV

August 2


Bavarian Inn
Shepherdstown, WV

August 29

Central East

Lambert's Winery
Weston, WV

October 12

Central West

Parkersburg Country Club
Parkersburg, WV

Main Campus and Community Events

August 18

WVSOM day at the West Virginia State Fair

Fairlea, WV

October 15 – 2:00 p.m.

WVSOM Parade

Lewisburg, WV

November 4 - 6

All School Reunion & Jubilee

Lewisburg, WV

December 12

Founding Day & WVSOM Time Capsule

Lewisburg, WV