Tr acht e named 15t h pr es iden t
The Lycoming College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Kent C. Trachte
as the College’s 15th president, effective July 1, 2013. He is dean of the college
at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Trachte succeeds
Dr. James E. Douthat, who will retire in June after nearly a quarter-century at
the helm of the College. The appointment was announced by Peter Lynn ’69,
“We welcome Dr. Trachte to the presidency of Lycoming College,” Lynn
said. “His deep understanding and belief in the benefits and importance of a
liberal arts and sciences education have prepared him well to lead Lycoming.
He has a proven ability to translate the mission and vision of an institution into
both strategic and effective actions. The members of the board look forward
to working with him as he leads the College community in ways to further
enhance the College’s mission, reputation and service to its students. We also
extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Trachte’s wife, Dr. Sharon Trachte.”
“I am humbled and honored by my selection as the 15th president of
Lycoming College,” Trachte said. “I look forward to building upon the
leadership of President Douthat and his many accomplishments during the past
24 years. Lycoming College can approach the next phase of its history from
a position of strength that lies in the excellence of its students, the distinction
of its faculty, the dedication of its administrative staff and alumni, the
commitment of its board of trustees and the prudence with which its finances
have been managed. I anticipate deepening the educational excellence embodied in the ‘Lyco’ experience and moving the
College toward even greater recognition.”
Trachte earned a bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College, a master’s in international relations from the
University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University. He taught political science at several
institutions prior to being named dean of freshmen at Franklin & Marshall. As dean of freshmen, he collaborated with
members of the faculty to create a highly successful first-year residential seminar program. In 2003, Trachte became dean
of the college. During his term as dean, he worked with faculty, students and administrative colleagues to build F&M’s
distinctive College House System, promote internationalization of the campus, and deepen and extend the college’s
commitment to civic engagement.
Trachte has also led initiatives that have helped Franklin & Marshall become a more diverse and inclusive campus,
including serving as liaison to the Posse Foundation. He also oversaw greater integration of athletics and recreation into the
fabric of campus life. Finally, he raised major gifts in support of the College House Commons, athletic facilities, summer
study abroad, a leadership program and F&M’s Life After College Success Program.
Trachte and his wife, who earned a Ph.D. in French literature, have one son. He and his wife live in New York state, where
he practices law.
Lynn praised the work of those involved in the search process. The 16-person search committee was comprised of trustees,
faculty, staff, students and alumni. It recommended four final candidates to the board of trustees, after concluding its review
of a nationwide pool of more than 80 applicants.
Lynn also expressed the board’s gratitude for President Douthat’s service to the College. During his tenure, Lycoming’s
academic profile was raised to that of a national liberal arts and sciences college, and its overall financial position was
significantly strengthened, as illustrated by the growth of the endowment from less than $19 million to $165 million. He also
praised Emily Douthat as a committed partner and an exemplary volunteer on behalf of the College.
Dr. Kent Trachte
LYCOMING COLLEGE 2013 WINTER MAGAZINE