The President and five senior officers, who comprise his cabinet, administer the College on a day-to-day basis.
James E. Douthat, Ed.D., President
Philip Sprunger, Ph.D, Provost and Dean of the College, Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Philip Sprunger was named Acting Provost and Dean of the College in May 2011. Dr. Sprunger arrived at Lycoming in 1993 as assistant professor of economics and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. In addition to teaching both Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, he teaches International Trade and Game Theory and various micro-based public economics courses, including Public Finance, Urban Problems and Environmental Economics. In 2004 he was awarded the college's Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. Dr. Sprunger earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Indiana University and his B.S. from Bethel College in Kansas.
Dr. Sprunger has recently published a Principles of Economics instructors manual and a chapter in a textbook on the U.S. economy. He has also published in the Journal of Urban Economics and in various conference proceedings. In addition, he has served as an expert witness in a landfill permitting dispute. Dr. Sprunger has presented papers or served on panels at over a dozen academic conferences.
In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Sprunger is actively involved on campus. For the past three years, Dr. Sprunger served as co-chair of the College's 2010-11 Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee. He previously held the position of Institutional Researcher and was the Faculty Representative to the College Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. He has been active on a variety of College committees, including the Faculty Personnel Committee, the institution-wide Long Range Planning Committee, and the Faculty Executive Council. He has chaired the Budget, Salaries and Benefits Committee, the Department of Economics and was vice chair of the Faculty. Dr. Sprunger also serves as advisor to the Lycoming Buddies student organization.
Charles "Chip" W. Edmonds, M.Div., Vice President for College Advancement
Mr. Edmonds returned to Lycoming College in August 2009 as vice president for college advancement. Most recently, he served as a development officer at Yale University. At Yale, he was responsible for soliciting alumni, friends, foundations and corporations for gifts at levels of $100,000 and more and fundraised for Yale Tomorrow, a five-year, $3.5 billion campaign. Prior to joining Yale, Mr. Edmonds served as a major gifts officer at Lycoming for nearly two years. His background includes working at the Duke University Divinity School as director of the annual fund, and a development associate with the Duke Youth Academy. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Edmonds worked at Lycoming as the assistant director of admissions and development assistant. Mr. Edmonds earned a master of divinity degree from the Duke University Divinity School and holds a bachelor's degree in history and music with a minor in business management from Lycoming College.
Sue S. Gaylor, Ed.D., Vice President for Administration and Planning
Dr. Gaylor is entering her tenth year at Lycoming having held a variety of senior officer level positions during her tenure. After serving four years as Institutional Planning Officer and Executive Assistant to the President, Gaylor was promoted to Vice President for Planning in July 2007 and to Vice President for Administration and Planning in November 2009. In her present position, Gaylor provides oversight for athletics, business office and institutional finance, campus store, contracted food services, human resources, institutional research and assessment, and physical plant. Dr. Gaylor has served as a Middle States Commission of Higher Education Visiting Team member numerous times and in 2012 was invited to serve as one of eleven members of the Middle States Periodic Review Report Working Committee, which reviewed the current PRR process and is making recommendations regarding improvements. Gaylor currently represents Lycoming College on several local, regional and national committees including the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee, the NACUBO Small Institutions Council, Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Williamsport-Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone Advisory Board. Previously, Gaylor was a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania's (AICUP) Research, Assessment and Accountability Committee. Gaylor has presented on financial and planning issues facing private colleges at a number of national meetings including NACUBO, SCUP (Society of College and University Planners), and AIR (Association of Institutional Research).
Prior to her arrival at Lycoming, Gaylor served as an Academic Counselor at Dartmouth College, a Freshmen Proctor and Director of Freshmen Intramurals at Harvard College, and Special Assistant to the President at Wheelock College. Gaylor began her career at Albright College, where she held concurrent roles of Head Women's Basketball Coach, Admissions Counselor, Special Assistant to the Academic Dean. While completing her doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Gaylor served as a Teaching Fellow from 1998 to 2003 for a number of graduate level courses. Her research centered on leadership and decision-making at private liberal arts colleges. She earned an Ed.D. in higher education and a Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University and graduated with an A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College.
Daniel P. Miller, Ed.D., Dean of Student Affairs
Dr. Miller joined the Lycoming administration in 2005. Previously, Dr. Miller 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 in Columbus, MS and served as Director of Enrollment Management and Vice President for College Relations at Alvernia College in Reading, PA. Dr. Miller has an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Widener University. He also holds a B.S. in business management from St. John Fisher College and a M.S. degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University.
James D. Spencer, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid
Mr. Spencer arrived at Lycoming in 1989. During his tenure at Lycoming, Mr. Spencer has consistently led the College to its enrollment goals. He has guided Lycoming to records in number of applicants, academic measures of entering classes such as SAT scores and high school class rank, and the percentage of students from out of state. Prior to Lycoming, Mr. Spencer previously served as the director of admissions at Rocky Mountain College in Montana and as assistant director of admissions at his alma mater Concordia College where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1975.