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By Jerry Rashid
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A college such as
Lycoming was very
attractive to me
because I knew
I liked the kind of
academic community
that a residential,
liberal arts college
offers.”
hen Dr. Keith Sprunger began
teaching at Bethel College
in 1963, he probably had no
clue that the town of North
Newton, Kan., population 1,750, would
become a launching pad for college
professors. He and his wife, Aldine,
raised their three children, David, Mary
and Phil, in a house that’s just a stone’s
throw away from campus. That proximity
conveniently allowed their children to
frequently roam around campus and, by
osmosis, embrace the ethos of a
private, liberal arts education.
Now an emeritus professor
of history, Sprunger retired
from North America’s oldest
Mennonite college in 2001,
after 38 years of service in the
classroom. Bethel, with an
enrollment of approximately 500
students, is the alma mater of
all three Sprunger children. And
all three have proudly followed
their father’s scholarly calling:
David is a professor of English at
Concordia College in Moorhead,
Minn.; Mary is a professor of
history at Eastern Mennonite University
in Virginia; and Phil is a professor of
economics at Lycoming College.
Phil began his teaching career at
Lycoming in 1993 after earning a Ph.D.
in economics from Indiana University in
Bloomington. Last summer, he moved
one more rung up the academic ladder
when he was promoted to provost and
dean of the College.
A college such as Lycoming was
very attractive to me because I knew I
liked the kind of academic community
that a residential, liberal arts college
offers,” Sprunger said. “And I’ve been
here ever since. I guess I embraced
Lycoming College because my focus
wasn’t singularly on teaching economics,
though I’ve absolutely enjoyed that and
the students over the years. But I’ve also
been very active in different kinds of
governance, service and corporate work
on campus for many years, which made
it much easier for me to step into the role
of provost.”
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LYCOMING COLLEGE 2012 SUMMER MAGAZINE
Dr. Phil Sprunger, provost and dean of the College