Senior Officers

Kent Trachte, Ph.D.

President

Trachte became Lycoming College’s 15th president on July 1, 2013. He has spent more than 30 years in higher education as a faculty member and senior administrator, most recently serving as dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Read more

Jeff Bennett '94

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Bennett was named vice president for finance and administration in March 2014 after serving as the comptroller and treasurer since he came to Lycoming in August 2012. He  oversees human resources, the campus store, mail services, print shop, food services and the operations of the physical plant. Prior to his career at Lycoming, he worked at ParenteBeard LLC, Williamsport, where he was a certified public accountant from 1994-2012. Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in financial accounting from Lycoming in 1994.

Chip Edmonds '98

Vice President for College Advancement

Edmonds returned to Lycoming in August 2009 as vice president for college advancement. He previously served in major gifts at Yale University and Yale Medical School, where he oversaw the fundraising activities for the departments of pediatrics and OB/GYN. Prior to Yale, Edmonds served as a major gifts officer at Lycoming, director of annual giving at the Duke University Divinity School and development associate with the Duke Youth Academy. From 1998-02, he worked at Lycoming as the assistant director of admissions and development associate. Edmonds earned a master’s degree from the Duke University Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Lycoming. Chip, his wife Erin, and their two sons live in Williamsport.

Michael Konopski 

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Konopski arrived at Lycoming as vice president for enrollment management in July 2014. He was previously the interim vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V. Prior to Shepherd, Konopski served as dean of enrollment management at Niagara University in Buffalo, N.Y., where he led a team that produced multiple years of record freshman classes while also improving retention. He also increased undergraduate and graduate enrollment to the highest levels in school history, and planned and executed strategies that increased the number of students from out-of-state and diverse populations. Konopski earned a master’s in student personnel administration at State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s in communications from State University of New York at Geneseo.

Daniel Miller, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Life 

Miller joined the Lycoming administration in 2005. He previously was the vice president for student services and planning at Ferrum College in Virginia. He began his career as director of admissions for Mississippi University for Women and served as director of enrollment management and vice president for college relations at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. Miller earned an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Widener University, a master’s in higher education administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business management from St. John Fisher College.

Philip Sprunger, Ph.D.

Provost and Dean of the College, Associate Professor of Economics

Sprunger was promoted to provost and dean of the College in November 2011. Sprunger arrived at Lycoming in 1993 as assistant professor of economics and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. He was presented with the college’s Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence in 2004. In addition to teaching both microeconomics and macroeconomics, he teaches International Trade and Game Theory and various micro-based public economics courses. Sprunger earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in Kansas.

James Raby

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Raby joined Lycoming in July 2014. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Enrollment Marketing at American University in Washingon, D.C., for nine years. There he was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the University’s undergraduate recruiting and marketing strategies. He has served as the director of marketing for a real estate advisory firm and for several engineering and architectural firms. He began his marketing career at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he was responsible for all facets of planning and marketing Continuing Nursing Education programs, seminars and conferences. He has an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor's degree from Texas State University. He also has 5 years of experience as a classroom teacher.

The following individuals, plus the seven Senior Officers, comprise the Senior Staff:

Jackie Bilger

Director of Human Resources and Risk Management

Bilger has been the director of human resources and risk management at Lycoming since 2004. She manages recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits and is the Title IX coordinator and chief risk officer. She also oversees mail and print services. Bilger has more than 25 years of experience in HR generalist roles within higher education, health care and the manufacturing and service industries. She has been a Development Dimensions International-certified leadership training facilitator since 1998. Bilger earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dave Heffner

Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer

Heffner has been Lycoming’s chief information officer since 1994. He provides technical, financial and planning leadership for all aspects of information and technology resources. He oversees academic and administrative computing for classrooms and offices along with Internet, mobile, network, telecommunications, web development, multimedia and cable TV services. Heffner earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from Bloomsburg University. He is a 2013 Fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute.