March 06, 2009
President David W. Bushman announces plan to step down in May

Dr. David W. Bushman announced Thursday, March 5, 2009, that he will be stepping down as the 13th president of Lees-McRae College effective May 31, 2009. He will return to Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to serve as the founding dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Math. Dr. Bushman has been president of Lees-McRae since October 2004.

Prior to serving Lees-McRae, Dr. Bushman served as a tenured professor of biology, Chair of the Department of Science, Director of the Office of Assessment and Dean of Academic Services at Mount St. Mary's, where he worked for 13 years.

"While [my wife] Suzanne and I retain strong family and emotional ties to Maryland, it is impossible to leave Lees-McRae, an institution that means so much to me, without great sadness. I am proud of all that we have accomplished and am optimistic about what the future can hold for Lees-McRae. I will always share in the joy of the renaissance that is taking place here," Dr. Bushman wrote in a letter to student, faculty and staff.

"I thank David for his service to Lees-McRae College. By every measure, he leaves Lees-McRae a stronger institution than it was five years ago," said Jane B. Stephenson '57, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "During his service to the College, we've seen a broadened and deepened base of alumni and donor support, and we continue to see steady growth in our enrollment and retention. Members of the Board of Trustees and I are committed to providing a smooth transition in leadership for the College to ensure its continued success."

Dr. David W. Bushman joined Lees-McRae College in June 2004 as senior vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty. He served as Interim President from October 2004 to April 2005, when he was named the 13th president of the College. His inauguration was held September 30, 2005.

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