Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Merritt Hawkins is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, overseeing the institution’s educational programs in accordance with its mission. In this role, the incoming physician will be responsible for developing, organizing, directing, and coordinating the entire academic program and providing leadership and guidance on academic matters.

Additional Opportunities, Responsibilities, and Highlights

  • Work within a collaborative family atmosphere
  • Serve as an influential leader of a standalone medical school
  • Fill an incredibly important position by incorporating best practices and a vision for the school
  • Develop strong relationships with clinicians and clinical sites throughout the state
  • Highly competitive compensation package and benefits
  • Educational loan repayment—up to $150,000
  • Top producer of primary care physicians
  • Ranked among the top medical schools in the nation in primary care and family medicine (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Ranked #1 in the nation among all medical schools graduating physicians who practice in rural areas (Academic Medicine)

Required Qualifications

  • Earned degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AOA or ABMS board certification
  • Current ranking of dean, associate, assistant, or chair in a DO school
  • Demonstrated academic leadership abilities in medical education and academic development and administration, ideally in a college of osteopathic medicine
  • Commitment to and respect for the mission of improving health care in rural communities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships with the entire medical community for the benefit of the college
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in osteopathic medical education and health care delivery
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation in academic affairs
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies and the ability to develop relationships to facilitate positive educational, research, and funding opportunities
  • Demonstrated evidence of productive community relations and development of service learning programs
  • Published scholarship on medical education, medical research, academic leadership, or other related topics is desired
  • Significant experience in clinical practice is desired

Community Information
Ranked one of the most beautiful towns in West Virginia, Lewisburg exudes small-town charm and offers an ideal place to call home. With breathtaking scenery all around and neighbors who become more like family, this picturesque community is sure to capture your heart.


  • A low cost of living and wonderful housing options in family-friendly neighborhoods or on acreage with gorgeous views
  • An array of mouthwatering cuisine choices—from Southern comfort food to farm-to-table meals to fine dining
  • Quaint local boutiques, antique stores, and a vibrant arts and culture scene
  • Unique downtown area with plenty of engaging events and activities throughout the year
  • Home to the Lost World Caverns and one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world
  • An abundance of outdoor recreation in the scenic surroundings
  • Proximity to The Greenbrier, a gorgeous world-famous resort that frequently hosts celebrities, entrepreneurial leaders, and presidents

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


For immediate consideration, please inquire with an updated copy of your CV so we can discuss the position by phone. Also, inform me of your best available times to speak. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your review. Please do not delay as we anticipate a significant response.


Please contact David King at or at 866-406-0269 and reference DEAN-127782

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