Dr. Nathaniel Bowditch

Plymouth State University named Nathaniel (Nate) Bowditch, PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2022. After an extensive nationwide search, a committee comprising PSU faculty, staff members and students selected Bowditch, who arrived from Long Island University, Post (LIU Post) where he served as dean of the LIU Post College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of philosophy.

Bowditch is a respected academic with a distinguished track record as both a professor and an administrator. Prior to his time at LIU Post, he served as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science at the American University in Cairo.

Bowditch spent more than a decade in Egypt, where, among other important contributions, he secured funding for the first American Psychological Association-recognized psychology graduate program in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region, as well as acting as the primary investigator on research grants from organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mellon Foundation. His love of teaching kept him in the classroom as dean, leading courses on free will, modern philosophy, and the philosophy of David Hume. He also co-taught courses on computer science ethics and scientific thinking. He received the Provost’s Service Award and the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award during his tenure at the American University in Cairo.