The mission of Lycoming
College is to provide a
distinguished baccalaureate
education in the liberal
arts and sciences within a
coeducational, supportive,
residential setting.
Mission Statement
Dr. James E. Douthat
President
Chip Edmonds ’98
Vice President for College Advancement
Dr. Sue S. Gaylor
Vice President for Administration
and Planning
Dr. Daniel P. Miller
Dean of Student Affairs
James D. Spencer
Vice President of Admissions
and Financial Aid
Dr. Philip W. Sprunger
Provost and Dean of the College
Administrative Cabinet
Board of Trustees
Peter R. Lynn ’69
(Chair)
Stanley W. Sloter ’80
(Vice Chair)
Dale N. Krapf ’67
(Secretary)
Dr. William E. Evans ’72
(Assistant Secretary)
Ann S. Pepperman, Esquire
(Assistant Secretary)
Lawrence S. Allison Jr. ’96
Dr. Brenda P. Alston-Mills ’66
David R. Bahl, Esquire
Dr. Robert L. Bender ’59
John R. Biggar ’66
Melvin H. Campbell Jr. ’70
Jay W. Cleveland Sr.
Jay W. Cleveland Jr. ’88
Dr. James E. Douthat
Donald E. Failor ’68
David E. Freet ’68
D. Mark Fultz ’80
David D. Gathman ’69
Daniel R. Hawbaker
Donald W. Hughes ’72
Dr. Lynn D. Kramer ’72
Daniel R. Langdon ’73
Dr. Robert G. Little ’63
Carolyn-Kay M. Lundy ’63
Nanci D. Morris ’78
David L. Schoch ’73
James G. Scott ’70
Hugh H. Sides ’60
Cheryl D. Spencer ’70
Linda Porr Sweeney ’78
John S. Trogner Jr. ’68
Marshall D. Welch III
Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe ’78
Diane Dalto Woosnam ’73
Dr. Dennis G. Youshaw ’61
Emeritus Members
Hon. Marie White Bell ’58
David Y. Brouse ’47
Richard W. DeWald ’61
Dr. Daniel G. Fultz ’57 ’01H
Nancy J. Gieniec ’59
Dr. Arthur A. Haberberger ’59 ’11H
(Emeritus Chair)
Harold D. Hershberger Jr. ’51
Bishop Neil L. Irons ’12H
Rev. Dr. Kenrick R. Khan ’57
David B. Lee ’61
D. Stephen Martz ’64
Dr. Robert L. Shangraw ’58 ’04H
(Emeritus Chair)
Dr. Harold H. Shreckengast Jr. ’50 ’00H
(Emeritus Chair)
Hon. Clinton W. Smith ’55
Charles D. Springman ’59
Phyllis L. Yasui
L Y C O M I N G C O L L E G E
It is with great honor and humility that I accept the presidency of Lycoming College. I look forward to its future
with great confidence.
Today, in these remarks, I would like to share some thoughts on truth and freedom.
When I was a sophomore in college, a new library building was dedicated, and the first time that I entered the
building, I noticed, inscribed at the entrance, were these words of a man I have come to admire greatly, Thomas
Jefferson: “For here we are not afraid to follow truth, wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason
is left free to combat it.” Although I had visited Jefferson’s home, Monticello, as a child and studied in grade school
the founding fathers of our country, it was those words that were the spark for my interest in this man, an interest that
has guided me throughout my career.
Lycoming College was born during Jefferson’s lifetime, just two years after he completed his presidency. Chartered
in 1811, classes began here in Williamsport the following year. Since 1848, this College has been influenced and guided by what is now the
United Methodist Church. Much of the history of the College bears the unmistakable imprint of a common mission: the development of
the individual, the value of wise and humane judgments, the strengthening of good character, the search for wholeness, the quest for truth.
On the seal of the College, directly below the open Bible and telescope, is the Greek word “aletheia,” meaning “truth.” It is the word
for a special type of truth, the truth that signifies reality, that goes beyond mere appearances. It is the truth that is linked to freedom, that
will liberate the mind and soul.
I accept wholeheartedly the leadership of Lycoming College. To our students, faculty and staff, I acknowledge that on occasion
mistakes will be made – you will make mistakes, just, as you know full well, I will make mistakes. I will not like all of your decisions,
and you will not like all of mine. But I trust that we can work together in a spirit of openness, freedom, truth and understanding, so that
through our actions we can add to the desire to learn and to grow so that when our graduates leave Lycoming College, they will carry with
them some tools they did not bring to us, tools that will enrich them and with which they can find what they want in life.
At Lycoming College we will continue to strive to prepare students for their life’s work. But our real challenge is far greater – to aid
them in the development of their concern for persons, their search for meaning, for quality of life. These are the issues that tap the depths
of the human soul. The roles of the mind and of the heart and of the soul must be joined to be free.
Dr. James E. Douthat will conclude his 24-year presidency at Lycoming College on June 30, 2013. The following are
excerpts from his inaugural address on April 6, 1990.
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