Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bridgewater College selects David Bushman as new president.

David W. Bushman named president of Bridgewater College, January 2013
Photo by courtesy of Bridgewater College
The Bridgewater (Va.) College Board of Trustees has unanimously selected David W. Bushman as ninth president of the college.

Bushman, dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., will assume the presidency on June 1. An accomplished academic leader, Bushman was selected following a national search and brings to Bridgewater College extensive experience in higher education administration and in the classroom.

Bushman has been with Mount St. Mary’s University since 2009, when he was appointed the founding dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. In this role, he oversees numerous academic programs and new academic program development as well as strategic and communications planning and fundraising.

Prior to leading Mount St. Mary’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics, Bushman was president of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., where he oversaw a successful bid for re-accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and developed and implemented a new strategic plan, engaged in a number of significant campus renovation projects, implemented curricular and co-curricular enhancements, and increased its freshman retention rate.

“Our search has led us to the next great leader of Bridgewater College,” said Judge G. Steven Agee, Bridgewater trustee and chair of the search committee. “We are confident that Dr. Bushman is a man with the integrity, leadership skills and academic credentials needed to guide our college into the future.”

Before joining Lees-McRae in 2004, Bushman served in a variety of roles at Mount St. Mary’s, including dean of academic services, director of assessment, chair of the department of science, and associate professor of biology. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, summa cum laude, from Loyola College in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with both a master of science and a doctorate in entomology. Upon completion of his doctorate, he worked in private industry as a research biologist and research fellow. He has been published in the field of entomology as well as undergraduate science education.

He has served as an executive committee member for North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and was a board member for the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association. In addition, he has served as a campus site visit member for SACS re-accreditation.

-- Mary Kay Heatwole is editorial assistant for Media Relations at Bridgewater College.

Source: 1/24/2013 Newsline

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