Senior Leadership

James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.


President James W. Nemitz Website

Dr. James Nemitz, Ph.D.James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., became the seventh president of 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 (CRCH), research and grants, special events, and Audio Visual & Production. In this role he was also involved in governmental relations, strategic planning and policymaking. Dr. Nemitz served as the associate dean for preclinical education from 2004 to 2010, overseeing the first two years of the program.

He is a tenured professor of anatomy with more than 30 years of service at WVSOM.

He previously served as WVSOM’s 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.

He earned a 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.

Dr. Nemitz completed a Health Policy Fellowship in 2017 through the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

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’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Linda Boyd, D.O.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Chief Academic Officer

Linda Boyd, D.O.Linda Boyd, D.O., became WVSOM’s vice president for academic affairs and dean in 2021. Bringing more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine, she is also a tenured professor of family medicine.

Dr. Boyd most recently worked at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, supervising all aspects of the medical school academic program. Prior to that, Dr. Boyd worked at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., as associate dean for regional campus coordination, where she developed and managed four regional campuses. She also worked at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J., where she was heavily involved in teaching, research, patient care and administration.

Her passion is to build a medical school environment and curriculum that is “kinder and gentler” and allows students to maintain a level of balance throughout their rigorous training.

Dr. Boyd received a Bachelor of Science degree in distributed sciences from American University, and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University). She completed a family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., and is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She completed two leadership fellowships, including Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine and the Senior Leadership Development Program of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

She has served the osteopathic profession as faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and as program chair for several national osteopathic conferences, and is now a commissioner for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Leslie W. Bicksler, MSW

Vice President of Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer
Equal Opportunity & ADA Coordinator

Leslie W. Bicksler, MSWA native of Greenbrier County, W.Va., Leslie 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 the Greenbrier Valley.

Bicksler is an active member of the Greenbrier Valley community, including Rotary, PEO International, the 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, Ky., and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Drema Mace Hill, Ph.D.

Vice President for Community Engagement
Chief Operations Officer

Drema Mace, Ph.D. Drema Mace Hill, Ph.D., is WVSOM’s vice president for community engagement/chief operations officer.

As WVSOM’s chief operations officer, Dr. Hill is responsible for cross-functional collaboration in providing project leadership to and on behalf of the president as well as managing content and communications to and from the Office of the President. She develops and implements systems and protocols for the continuous analysis and effectiveness of business processes that affect the overall performance of WVSOM and the achievement of its strategic objectives.

Dr. Hill has more than three decades of working in public health leadership positions for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, the Tennessee Department of Health, Vanderbilt’s Nashville Health Management Foundation and Comprehensive Care Center and the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Health Office.

A native of West Virginia, Dr. Hill earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from West Virginia State University and a Master of Science degree in public service management from Cumberland University in Tennessee. Dr. Hill received a doctorate degree in human services with a specialization in health care administration from Capella University, utilizing Vanderbilt University’s Internal Review Board for dissertation.

Dr. Hill is a lifelong advocate for building small community infrastructure to support sustainable program implementation.

David Meadows, MBA

Vice President for Finance and Facilities
Chief Financial Officer

David Meadows, MBA

David Meadows, MBA, is WVSOM’s vice president for finance and facilities and chief financial officer. He has served in leadership roles at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., as senior vice president for operations and senior vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Carlow, he was executive vice president and treasurer at Governors State University in Chicago, Ill. He started his higher education experience as vice president and chief financial officer at Virginia State University. Meadows has served more than 16 years in higher education, overseeing all aspects of administrative, financial and operational divisions.

Prior to moving into higher education, he held senior level corporate finance positions with several Fortune 500 companies, including Northwestern Mutual, American Express, Chase Bank and SunTrust Bank. Additionally, Meadows led operational and financial functions for the City of Richmond, Va., and served as the director of budget administration for the District of Columbia.

Meadows is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, Va.

Jeffrey M. Shawver, J.D.

Vice President for Legal, Governmental & External Affairs
Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Jeffrey M. Shawver, J.D.Jeffrey M. Shawver is WVSOM’s vice president for legal and governmental affairs and general counsel. 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 West Virginia Gov. 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, W.Va.

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 a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree 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 U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Machelle Linsenmeyer, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Resources

Machelle Linsenmeyer, Ed.D.Machelle Linsenmeyer, Ed.D., FNAOME is currently WVSOM’s assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and academic resources and professor. In this capacity, she oversees testing, assessment, surveying, curriculum mapping, competency tracking, academic technology, faculty development, program evaluation, educational research and the library.

She has two decades of experience in the medical education profession; most recently serving nationally as a fellow in the National Association of Osteopathic Medical Educators (Chair), AACOM EPA Steering Committee (Chair) and previous program planning committee member for both The Generalists in Medical Education and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. She is associate editor for Medical Science Educator, an author, and has presented both nationally and internationally on various medical education topics also spanning her broad background.