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Dr. David W. Bushman

President

540-828-5605
president@bridgewater.edu
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Organization of the College (.pdf)

An accomplished academic leader, Dr. David W. Bushman draws upon his extensive experience in higher education administration and in the classroom as President of Bridgewater College. Dr. Bushman became the College’s ninth president in 2013.

During his time at Bridgewater, President Bushman has led the development of new academic and co-curricular programs at the College, including the creation of the Center for Engaged Learning, a division structure to support the College’s academic departments in the creation of new majors and programs of study, May Term, a new advising structure for first-year students, and Eagles Engage—a student life curriculum that is focused on learning and growth outside of the classroom. Dr. Bushman oversaw the College’s launch of graduate programs, with BC’s first master’s degree program in 2017. In his time at the helm, Dr. Bushman has successfully piloted the rejuvenation and expansion of the campus physical plant, including the creation of a centralized Department of Student Life and student gathering space in the Kline Campus Center and, most notably, the planning and construction of the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons, opening in fall of 2019. President Bushman has been an active leader in fundraising initiatives throughout his tenure at Bridgewater College, securing nearly $36 million in philanthropic support for Nininger Hall, endowed scholarships, high-impact learning practices (such as The Research Experience @ Bridgewater), and the complete reimagining of the library to become the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons.

Dr. Bushman came to BC in June 2013 from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. where he was the founding dean of the university’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics. In this role, he oversaw numerous academic programs and new academic program development as well as strategic and communications planning and fundraising for the school.

Prior to leading Mount St. Mary’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics, Dr. Bushman served as President of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. While at Lees-McRae, Dr. Bushman oversaw the college’s successful bid for re-accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and developed and implemented a new strategic plan for the institution. During his time at the helm, Lees-McRae engaged in a number of significant campus renovation projects, implemented curricular and co-curricular enhancements, and increased its first year student retention rate significantly.

Before joining Lees-McRae in 2004, Dr. 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. Dr. 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., Dr. Bushman worked for several years 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.

Dr. Bushman and his wife, Suzanne DeLaney Bushman, have two children, Emily and Will. Suzanne was raised in Virginia and has spent her career in healthcare, as a pediatric intensive care nurse for 17 years and, most recently, in an outpatient surgery unit. In their spare time, the Bushmans enjoy spending time on the water at their getaway on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Dr. Bushman also appreciates cycling and astronomy.

Greetings from Bridgewater College! To our prospective students, parents, alumni and friends, I’m grateful we’re on your mind. Our website offers a window on the life of the College through which you can explore the latest news and events at Bridgewater. As with any window, though, the view is not complete – I hope you’ll visit campus and experience all that Bridgewater College has to offer.

I’m often asked to speak about the mission of the College and our commitment to excellence in the education of our students. I relish these opportunities because I know firsthand the transformative power of the Bridgewater experience, and it is something very much worth sharing. We intentionally design the student experience here to focus on connections—with inspiring classmates, with our faculty of scholars and mentors, with big ideas, and with the broader world.

Because of these connections, BC is a place where students can be themselves, let down their guard and know that they belong. But we ask important things of our students, too. To be there for others, to talk with—not at—one another. It’s this shared sense of responsibility and accountability that reflects our heritage and makes life at Bridgewater engaging and complete. Students participate in energizing and thought-provoking classroom discussions. They see the world from different perspectives. And, in the process, they make some of the most meaningful friendships of their lives.

While we are a relatively small community of 1,800 students, the opportunities available to our students are big. Our students conduct research with faculty, study abroad during May Term, become excellent public speakers, participate in internships around the region, and discuss and learn from the different perspectives of their diverse peers. Connections guide everything we do at Bridgewater, inside and outside the classroom. These connections ensure that our students graduate from BC prepared and courageous, with a sense of purpose that prepares them for professional accomplishment and personal fulfillment. They are ready to make a difference, in their communities and in the world.

I hope you will join us and witness for yourself the power that comes from the relationships and connections we build here.

With warm regards,

David W. Bushman, Ph.D.
President

Roy W. Ferguson Jr.

Executive Vice President

540-828-5307
rferguso@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Executive Vice President (.pdf)

Roy Ferguson is the Executive Vice President of Bridgewater College. Ferguson graduated with honors from the University of Virginia, and received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Before joining the College in 2003, Ferguson practiced law for 20 years in Harrisonburg, Va. His areas of practice included estate planning and administration, business and tax-exempt entity representation, health care, real estate and finance, and civil litigation (primarily professional malpractice) in both state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Ferguson has been part of the College’s leadership team since he came to Bridgewater and served as interim president from 2012-2013. Ferguson oversees compliance, Title IX and institutional research.

Ferguson is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

 

Dr. Leslie M. Frere

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

540-828-5382
lfrere@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (.pdf)

Dr. Leslie Frere began her tenure at Bridgewater College on July 1, 2016. Before coming to Bridgewater College, she was Vice President for Student Development at Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana.

During her ten years of increasing responsibility at Saint Joseph’s College, she provided supervision to all areas of a successful Student Development Department, focusing on professional development training for the staff and acting as a “student advocate” at all times.

Prior to taking over leadership of student development at Saint Joseph’s College, Dr. Frere served as Director of Counseling and Health Services at Saint Joseph’s College. Previously, she worked in counseling at the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University.

Dr. Frere has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and an M.A. in counseling from West Virginia University. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from The College of William and Mary.

 

Anne B. Keeler

Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

540-828-5470
akeeler@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer (.pdf)

Anne B. Keeler is the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Bridgewater College. She earned her bachelor of science from Virginia Tech and a master of science in accounting from James Madison University. Prior to her arrival at Bridgewater in August 1997, she was responsible for the performance of an eight-member specialty finance group in her position as agribusiness sales manager at First Union Bank in Harrisonburg, Va.

Keeler is responsible to the President for the financial administration of the College and supervises the performance of all duties related to the control of college funds. Additionally, she oversees various operating systems of the College including information technology, facilities, and dining services. She previously held the post of financial analyst at Bridgewater, performing financial analyses and research for the President of the College.

Keeler is a director of the Rockingham Group and currently serves as the audit committee chair of that board. She has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and was a member of the local advisory board for First Citizens Bank of Harrisonburg. She is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Curt Kendall

Director of Athletics

540-828-5407
ckendall@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Director of Athletics (.pdf)

Curt Kendall has been Bridgewater College’s Director of Athletics since 2000.

Kendall retired as the College’s head baseball coach in 2019 after 34 seasons. Kendall led the Eagles to 12 ODAC tournament championships and 13 regular-season titles. He has amassed an overall record of 775 wins, 505 losses and 10 ties. His 775 victories rank No. 12 among active coaches in Division III and No. 24 all-time in the Division III ranks. He has been selected as the ODAC Coach of the Year six times – 1986, 1988, 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2013.

The Eagles made 10 appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament under Kendall’s guidance. Kendall is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and has participated on the NCAA Division III South Region selection committee in previous seasons. He has also served as chairman for the ABCA Division III South Region All-American selection committee and was the region’s representative on the 1997 Division III Championship Game committee.

A 1981 graduate of Bridgewater College, Kendall holds a master of science in education from James Madison University.

 

Abbie Parkhurst

Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

540-828-5782
aparkhur@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications (.pdf)

Abbie Parkhurst is the College’s Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Parkhurst graduated summa cum laude with an English degree from Washington and Jefferson College and received a master of science in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Following graduate school, Parkhurst worked as a television reporter in Central New York.

Prior to joining the College in 2011, Parkhurst held positions in marketing, communications and public relations at Syracuse University and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York.

Parkhurst oversees public and media relations, marketing, digital media, branding and design for the College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa

 

Michael A. Post

Vice President for Enrollment Management

540-828-8014
mpost@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management (.pdf)

Michael Post is Bridgewater College’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. Post holds a B.S. in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University and an M.S. in counseling from Shippensburg University.

Prior to joining Bridgewater in the summer of 2018, Post served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Mount St. Mary’s University. Throughout his career, Post has held a number of roles in enrollment, financial aid, student life and residence life.

Post oversees the offices of admissions and financial aid. He is a member of numerous collegiate professional organizations associated with admissions and financial aid, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

 

Dr. Leona A. Sevick

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

540-828-5607
lsevick@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (.pdf)

Dr. Leona Sevick joined Bridgewater College on July 1, 2016. She came to the College from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, where she served as Associate Provost and Associate Professor of English. During her nine years at Mount St. Mary’s, she directed and helped design the university’s core curriculum, developed and implemented successful student retention programming and played a central role in the university’s successful bid for reaccreditation.

Prior to joining Mount St. Mary’s, Sevick served as Assistant Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also taught for seven years at McDaniel College.

Sevick has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Maryland. She received her bachelor’s in English from McDaniel College.

A prolific writer, Dr. Sevick is an award-winning poet and is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Dr. Maureen Silva

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

540-828-5450
msilva@bridgewater.edu

Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (.pdf)

Dr. Maureen Silva is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bridgewater College, where she oversees the advancement and alumni offices. Dr. Silva has a Ph.D. in higher education organization and governance from the University of Denver, and a master of nonprofit management from Regis University.

Prior to her arrival at Bridgewater College in February 2014, Dr. Silva was at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), where she served as Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the SMCM Foundation. During her three years at SMCM, she significantly increased annual commitments from donors, helped realize a large increase in the college’s endowment, and created numerous new relationships with alumni, community members and businesses.

Before joining SMCM, Dr. Silva served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Campaign Director at the University of Denver and Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Colorado School of Mines. She is active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has served for several years as a faculty member for Higher Education Resource Services.

 

Board of Trustees for the College

The Bridgewater College Board of Trustees consists of 28 active members, including the President of the College. The board of trustees has responsibility for the management and control of Bridgewater College and its affairs.

The board has two regular meetings each year and special meetings as required. Due to the College’s historic association with the Church of the Brethren, the Board invites nominations of representatives of the six southeastern districts of the Church.

James H. Walsh

Chairman of the Board

James H. Walsh of Richmond, Virginia, became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in November, 2015. A 1968 graduate of the College, Walsh has been a member of the Board since 1991.

Walsh, a partner emeritus in the nationally prominent law firm McGuireWoods, LLP, received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for the top ten percent of the graduating class. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the Richmond Bar Association. Walsh is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; the Virginia Supreme Court; the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal; and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. He has litigated cases in dozens of state and federal courts across the country during a career spanning more than forty years, and he has been recognized by numerous legal publications and organizations including Who’s Who in American Law, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Legal Elite.

While at Bridgewater, Walsh was a three-year letterman on the football team, serving as a tri-captain of the 1967 team and earning first team, all-conference honors as a safety.

Prior to his election as Chair, Walsh served as Secretary of the Board, chaired the standing Committees on Public Relations and Building and Grounds as well as a special Committee on Board Governance, and served on two strategic-planning committees and two presidential search committees. He has been a member of the Board’s Executive Committee since 1995.

Walsh is married to the former Janice Louise Ausherman ’68 and has three children, Tracy, Courtney and Eric, and four grandchildren.

Officers of the Board

James H. Walsh, Chairman
David W. Bushman, President
Robert I. Stolzman, Vice Chairman
G. Benjamin Wampler, Secretary
Roy W. Ferguson Jr., Assistant Secretary
Anne B. Keeler, Treasurer

D. Cory Adamson
Decatur, Georgia

Andrew B. Agee
Roanoke, Virginia

G. Steven Agee
Salem, Virginia

Nancy M. Bowman
Waynesboro, Virginia

J. Russell Bruner
Leesburg, Virginia

David W. Bushman
Bridgewater, Virginia

D. Bruce Christian
Lynchburg, Virginia

Mensel D. Dean Jr.
Bridgewater, Virginia

Michael D. Del Giudice
New York, New York

William S. Earhart
Louisa, Virginia

Carl R. Fike
Oakland, Maryland

A. Wesley Graves VI
Rockingham, Virginia

Lawrence M. Johnson
Baldwin, Maryland

Michael K. Kyles
Midlothian, Virginia

J. Allen Layman
Daleville, Virginia

Nathan H. Miller
Bridgewater, Virginia

Paul E. Mundey
Frederick, Maryland

Wilfred E. Nolen
Bridgewater, Virginia

Bonnie F. Rhodes
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Ashley B. Smith
Midland, Virginia

Robert I. Stolzman
Providence, Rhode Island

Donna P. Walker
Sarasota, Florida

James H. Walsh
Richmond, Virginia

G. Benjamin Wampler
Nokesville, Virginia

James L. Wilkerson
Crewe, Virginia

Dewey M. Williard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Kathy G. Wright
Richmond, Virginia

David A. Young
Washington, D.C.

Pasco M. Bowman, II
Kansas City, Missouri

Violet S. Cox
Bridgewater, Virginia

Susan L. Craun
Richmond, Virginia

Yancey W. Ford Jr.
Charlottesville, Virginia

W. Wallace Hatcher
Harrisonburg, Virginia

James L. Keeler
Roanoke, Virginia

Marion E. Mason
Bridgewater, Virginia

F. Gary Osborne
Daleville, Virginia

Anne M. Reid
Roanoke, Virginia

Ronald E. Sink
Blue Ridge, Virginia

C. Ray Smith
Charlottesville, Virginia

Rodney I. Smith
Midland, Virginia

Barbara B. Stoltzfus
Mount Crawford, Virginia

J. Paul Wampler
Bridgewater, Virginia

Jeffrey K. Miller
Alexandria, Virginia

Committees of the Board

James H. Walsh, Chair
Robert I. Stolzman, Vice Chair
G. Benjamin Wampler, Secretary
David W. Bushman, President
G. Steven Agee
J. Russell Bruner
D. Bruce Christian
Mensel D. Dean, Jr.
Lawrence M. Johnson
Bonnie F. Rhodes
Donna P. Walker
Kathy G. Wright

G. Benjamin Wampler, Chair
G. Steven Agee
Lawrence M. Johnson
Michael K. Kyles
Ashley B. Smith
David A. Young

Mensel D. Dean, Jr. Chair
William S. Earhart
Donna P. Walker
Dewey M. Williard

Kathy G. Wright, Chair
D. Cory Adamson
William S. Earhart
Lawrence M. Johnson
Donna P. Walker

James L. Wilkerson, Chair
Carl R. Fike
J. Allen Layman
G. Benjamin Wampler

Carl R. Fike, Chair
Paul E. Mundey
Dewey M. Williard

J. Russell Bruner, Chair
Mensel D. Dean Jr.
William S. Earhart
Yancey W. Ford Jr.
Anne B. Keeler
Rodney I. Smith
James H. Walsh
James L. Wilkerson

Wilfred E. Nolen, Chair
D. Cory Adamson
Andrew B. Agee
Nancy M. Bowman
J. Russell Bruner
D. Bruce Christian
Michael D. Del Giudice
A. Wesley Graves VI
Paul E. Mundey
Bonnie F. Rhodes
Robert I. Stolzman

A. Wesley Graves VI, Chair
Nancy M. Bowman
D. Bruce Christian
Mensel D. Dean Jr.
Michael D. Del Giudice
William S. Earhart
Nathan H. Miller
James H. Walsh

Donna P. Walker, Chair
Andrew B. Agee
J. Russell Bruner
Michael K. Kyles
J. Allen Layman
Wilfred E. Nolen
Bonnie F. Rhodes
Ashley B. Smith
Kathy G. Wright

Lawrence M. Johnson, Chair
D. Cory Adamson
Robert I. Stolzman
James L. Wilkerson
David A. Young