BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- Bridgewater College officially has a new president.
The inauguration ceremony began on the Campus Mall at about 10:30 Friday morning for Dr. David W. Bushman, the ninth president of Bridgewater College.
Bushman has been on the job since last summer, but was officially inaugurated Friday. He wanted to wait for the inauguration ceremony in order to get to know the Bridgewater College community better.
During his speech, he spoke of the value of a liberal arts education that Bridgewater provides. Students are already rallying around their new president.
"Bridgewater has a whole vibe. You know everybody. You know your teachers. You know your administrators. You know other students, even if you just know their first name. Everybody has a connection and a closeness and that's included with the president. He's really involved and wants to get to know you. He wants to know who you are, where you come from and what you're bringing to the community," said Sydney Barbato, a junior at Bridgewater.
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a lunch served on the Campus Mall.
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