College Announces Next President

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Bridgewater College announced its 9th president, Dr. David W. Bushman following a national search. You can read the official press release above.

Dr. Bushman will leave his position of Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. He will become president of Bridgewater College this summer on June 1st.

For more information on the background of Dr. Bushman, you can go here: Meet Dr. David W. Bushman

In a letter to the community on the Bridgewater College website, Dr. Bushman wrote, "I believe deeply in the power of community and relationships that sustain and nurture a liberal arts college like Bridgewater. This sense of community permeates the classroom, the athletic fields, the alumni gatherings and the broader public sphere in which the College resides. It is why we are able to make a difference in the lives of our students. It is only by attentive care that communities and relationships are strengthened, and I look forward to our work in strengthening them together."

You can read the rest of the letter here: Dr. Bushman's Letter to the Community

In an interview, Dr. Bushman said why he wants to be the president of a liberal arts college.

"The residential experience, the liberal arts experience, the Bridgewater experience, is where I've spent my life and what I'm passionate about and what I believe deeply in and it's a way to make a difference in the lives of young people and that's where I think I can help make a difference."

He said he plans on getting to know students and faculty. Then he looks forward to making sure all Bridgewater College students get the best experience possible. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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