James Bartholomew was appointed president of Adtalem Medical in 2020.
He is responsible for all operational and financial aspects of Adtalem’s world-class medical education institutions including the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine and Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP). In his role, Bartholomew oversees all aspects of both medical schools and MERP, including shared campus and clinical operations, admissions, marketing, alumni, finance, human resources and student services creating synergies for both medical schools.
Prior to joining Adtalem, Bartholomew served as president and CEO of DeVry University, Inc., where he successfully led the business to growth in a declining market, with a focus on creating an independent, self-sufficient organization with improved outcomes, culture and colleague engagement. Before assuming the presidency, he oversaw operations including central services and up to 90 locations in all 50 states as chief operating officer at DeVry.
In 2013, he served as president of Career Education Corporation’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Strategic Business unit, comprised of 16 campuses, 850 colleagues and an online education team.
Prior to that, Bartholomew honed his operational skills as the vice president of operations at the Universal Technical Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, a proprietary education provider for auto, motorcycle and marine technicians. He’s also held leadership positions as campus president for the NASCAR Technical Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as with Hancock Transport and Ciba Specialty Chemicals.
Bartholomew holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University, and a master of business administration degree from Wake Forest University with a focus in international management.