Health & Wellness
The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened Tuesday, September 22, 2009, ushering in a new era of wellness at Bowdoin.
The center's fitness areas — cardiovascular fitness and weight machines on the ground floor, free weights and rowing machines on the lower level — opened at 6:30 a.m. The College's Department of Health Services, relocated to the Buck Center's third floor from Dudley Coe, is scheduled to begin operations in the new building Friday, Sept. 25.
The Buck Center, made possible through the generosity of Dr. Peter Buck '52, is an addition to the Morrell Gym complex housing exercise rooms, the College's health center, athletic department offices and flexible space that can seat up to 40 people for academic classes and meetings.
"The new Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness is a wonderful addition to the Bowdoin campus and a place where every member of our community can pursue and realize their health and wellness goals," said Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster. Read More >>
Evening rendering of west side of the new Fitness, Health and Wellness Center.
Bernie R. Hershberger
Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Director of Counseling Services
Dr. Hershberger went to Goshen College as an undergraduate and the Ohio State University for graduate school. He has worked at Boston University, University of Missouri, and Bowling Green State University before coming to Bowdoin College. Dr Hershberger also worked at the Jackson Brook Psychiatric Hospital Outpatient Department for six years immediately prior to working at Bowdoin College. Areas of interest include; treatment of anxiety, hypnosis, sports psychology, meditation, and Buddhist psychology.
M.D., F.A.A.F.P. Director of Health Services
Dr. Birgit Pols joined the Bowdoin community as Director of Health Services in August 2014. She is responsible for the daily operation and oversight of the medical staff and services at Bowdoin’s Health Center in the Peter S. Buck Center for Health and Fitness. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Birgit has 25 years of medical experience, the last eight of which were spent immersed in college health. She was most recently the director of health and wellness for both the New York University Abu Dhabi Health and Wellness Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and for NYU Global Sites, where she balanced clinical and administrative duties. Pols was previously the lead physician at the NYU Health Center in New York City, providing primary and urgent health care to the student population.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Neil Willey was named Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning at Bowdoin in February of 2013.
A native of Maine, Willey comes to Bowdoin from the University of Arizona, where he most recently served as the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning. He has extensive experience with athletes of both genders and worked with the University of Arizona's baseball, softball, swimming, tennis, football and basketball teams during his time in Tucson.
In 2008, Willey was named the J.F. "Pop" McKale Coach of the Year by a vote of University of Arizona student-athletes. During the 2007-08 school year, he helped three Wildcat teams earn NCAA Division I Championships: softball, men's swimming and women's swimming. The award is based on contributions to the athletic department and a commitment to being a positive role model for student-athletes.
Willey is a graduate of the University of Maine and he earned a M.A. in Sports Administration from the University of Arizona. While at the University of Maine, Neil was a captain of the track team. He attended high school at Medomak Valley in Waldoboro.