David W. Bushman Appointed President of Bridgewater College
Mount St. Mary’s University Dean Will Become Bridgewater’s Ninth President
David W. Bushman, Ph.D., dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Mount St. Mary’s University, has been selected as the ninth President of Bridgewater College, a private, liberal arts college in Bridgewater, Virginia. He will assume the presidency on June 1, 2013.
Bushman has been at Mount St. Mary’s since 2009, when he was appointed the founding dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. His tenure was noteworthy for his vision in strengthening the departments of science, mathematics and psychology; his oversight of new program development; his establishment of a Board of Visitors; and his successful fundraising efforts.
“David is a recognized academic leader, and the Mount community is very proud of his accomplishments on our campus,” said University President Thomas H. Powell. “He provided tremendous leadership and integrity as the School’s inaugural dean, and we wish him well as he begins his presidency at Bridgewater.”
Prior to the Mount, Bushman served as president of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., overseeing the college’s successful bid for re-accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and developing and implementing a new strategic plan for the institution. Lees-McRae engaged in a number of significant campus renovation projects, implemented curricular and co-curricular enhancements, and increased its freshman retention rate significantly during his presidency.
“I join the Bridgewater community filled with both excitement and humility, excitement for the exceptional opportunity represented by the presidency of Bridgewater College and humility in seeking to join, and to lead, the BC community,” said Bushman. “An important part of my role will be articulating a shared vision of the College’s future, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community in making that vision a reality.”
Before joining Lees-McRae in 2004, Bushman served in a variety of roles at the Mount, including dean of academic services, director of assessment, chair of the department of science and associate professor of biology.
Bushman earned his bachelor of science in biology summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with both his master of science and doctorate in entomology. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he worked in private industry as a research biologist and research fellow and has published extensively in the field of entomology as well as undergraduate science education.
Bushman 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.
Bushman and his wife, Suzanne DeLaney Bushman, have two children, Emily, a junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Will, a high school senior.