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David C. Doughty Jr.


Dr. David Doughty

Doughty earned his PhD in particle physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, after which he joined the faculty of Christopher Newport as an assistant professor. At CNU he was instrumental in the development of the applied physics major, the graduate program in applied physics and computer science, and the ABET-accredited program in computer engineering.

While advancing through the ranks at CNU, Doughty developed a strong research program in nuclear physics, creating high-speed triggering systems for nuclear physics experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Many CNU students worked on the development of these systems, and he and his colleagues obtained grants from the NSF totaling almost $2 million to support their research.

In 2005 he became chair of the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering. The same year he was named director of learning communities and tasked with implementing learning communities at CNU. In 2007 he was named special assistant to the president for student success, where he focused on increasing freshman retention and graduation rates.

In 2009 Christopher Newport was reorganized into three colleges and Doughty was named dean of the newly created College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. As dean he oversaw the creation of several new STEM majors, including cellular and molecular biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, and computational and applied mathematics. He also developed the Pre-med Scholars Program. During his tenure as dean, the number of STEM majors increased by 35 percent and the number of admissions to medical school quadrupled.

In 2013 Dr. Doughty was appointed interim provost, and following a national search, he was named provost in 2014.

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