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Lycoming College President Dr. James Douthat has appointed Dr. Philip Sprunger as acting provost and dean of the College. Sprunger replaces Dr. Thomas Griffiths, who resigned following the 2010-11 academic year.
"Dr. Sprunger has served Lycoming College extremely well in many capacities for nearly 20 years," said Douthat. "Through his teaching experiences in economics and his service on numerous campus committees, he has developed an insight which will provide strong leadership for our academic programs. As he always has, Dr. Sprunger will champion the College's efforts to deliver an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education."
Sprunger arrived at Lycoming in 1993 as assistant professor of economics and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. He was awarded the College's 2004 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. He teaches principles of economics courses and various public economics classes, including public finance, urban problems, and environmental economics. He also teaches game theory.
Sprunger is actively involved on campus. He co-chaired the College's 2010-11 Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee. He has served as chair of the Department of Economics, led the Budgets, Salaries and Benefits Committee of the faculty, and was elected vice chair of the faculty. He has held the position of institutional researcher and has served as the faculty representative to the board of trustees' College Advancement Committee. He has also served on the Faculty Personnel Committee and the institution-wide Long Range Planning Committee. In addition, he is the advisor to the student service organization, Lycoming Buddies.
He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Bethel College in Kansas. Sprunger and his wife, Liz Yoder, reside in Williamsport with their two children, Sophia and Ben.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.