President Kent Trachte

Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte

President Kent Trachte

Kent Trachte, Ph.D., was named Lycoming College's 15th president on Nov. 19, 2012, by Lycoming's board of trustees and officially began his duties on July 1, 2013.

Highlights of President Trachte's first 18 months in office include:

  • Completed a strategic plan for the College;
  • Recruitment of one of the largest and the most diverse class in the College's history;
  • Commenced construction of the 30,000 sq. ft. Lynn Science Center, to open in August 2015;
  • Renovation of Rich and Crever residence halls;
  • Opened the Lycoming College Art Gallery on West Fourth Street, Williamsport;
  • Received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to launch a new program of faculty student research collaboration in the humanities;
  • Launched a first generation college initiative by forming partnerships with leading national charter schools and access programs; specifically KIPP and YesPrep.

President Trachte currently serves on the following boards and committees: the Williamsport-Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce; the City Hospital Board; the Lycoming County United Way; the East Third Street Gateway Commission; and the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Trachte worked for a quarter-century at Franklin and Marshall College before taking office at Lycoming College. He began at F&M in 1988 as dean of freshmen before being named associate vice president and dean of freshmen in 1991. He was promoted to dean of the College in 2003. Prior to his tenure at F&M, he taught political science at Gettysburg College, Long Island University and Clark University.

A native of De Pere, Wis., Pres. Trachte earned a bachelor's in government from Dartmouth College in 1973, a master's in international relations from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and a Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University in 1981.

Trachte's family includes his wife, Sharon Trachte, Ph.D., who recently retired as an associate professor of French at Elizabethtown College after 26 years of service. She taught introductory and intermediate level grammar/culture, advanced reading of authentic texts, contemporary French society and introduction to French literature. She earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Binghamton University. Their son, Kenyon, and his wife, Lucille, live in New York, where he practices law.