After more than a decade of service, founding President, James Wolfe, PhD, announces his retirement from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).
Dr. James Wolfe assumed the presidency of VCOM in January 2001, leading the college through its initial stages of development. He came to VCOM after a career spanning 32 years at Virginia Tech, where he filled several professional roles including, faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Head of the Department of Chemistry, and University Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Wolfe currently serves as a board member for the Blacksburg Partnership.
During his 13 years at VCOM, Dr. Wolfe has contributed not only his time and efforts, but he has culminated his career as the president of a medical school that has opened three campuses in Appalachia. Colleague and founding Dean, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, stated, “He has been my mentor and my friend, and a continued source of wisdom.”
Upon retirement Dr. Wolfe and his wife have no immediate plans, agreeing to travel and explore when the time presents itself. “We enjoy what we do together, we’re good friends, good companions, and good colleagues, and we’ll decide when the time comes,” Dr. Wolfe commented. He will have Emeritus status where he will be able to stay intellectually connected with the needs at VCOM and in medical education. “I can be helpful in a position with responsibilities someone else might not have the time to do.”
When asked if he had a particular favorite experience from his time at VCOM, he answered, “It’s been an almost daily collection of experiences and I can’t say it’s been just one. I’m just thankful to have been a part of it all.” In looking back on his time and dedication given to the College, Dr. Wolfe has many takeaways, especially the tremendous understanding and idea of the current status of medical education, what it is and means in the country.