The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 18, 2013

WVSOM a top state employer

— The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is once again being recognized for its commitment to providing one of the top places to work in West Virginia and the country.  

For the third straight year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed WVSOM as one of the best colleges to work for. The results, released July 29 in The Chronicle's annual report on academic workplaces, are based on a survey of more than 300 colleges and universities.

An independent survey of employees was performed at participating institutions with WVSOM earning high marks for its performance in five workplace categories.

- Professional/career-development programs

- Teaching environment

- Compensation and benefits

- Facilities, workspaces and security

- Respect and appreciation

WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., credits the commitment of faculty and staff to creating a quality work environment.

“This recognition is a tribute to the many people in our organization who are dedicated to excellence and who have worked hard to build a collaborative community that fosters success,” Adelman said. “Every day I have the pleasure of working with people who are invested in their work and in creating positive outcomes for our medical students and for the state of West Virginia.”

The institution is guided by the belief that when employees are recognized for their hard work and achievement, it provides an environment for employees to succeed.

Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM associate vice president of human resources, said the recognition is a testament to the value and contribution of each employee.

“As the chief human resources officer I appreciate the opportunity to come to work each day in a supportive and collegial work environment, which also provides employees with the resources and tools to do their jobs well,” she said.

The Chronicle is one of the nation’s most important sources of news about colleges and universities.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.