The Douthat Legacy
One of the most significant accomplishments during James Douthat's 24-year presidency at Lycoming was the college's transition to a national liberal arts and sciences institution. The Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions and U.S. News & World Report have confirmed Lycoming's stature as an institution with national and international reach committed to educating students in the liberal arts and sciences. This reclassification unquestionably reflects Douthat's legacy at Lycoming.
Douthat is recognized for leading efforts to expand and enhance academic offerings, raising Lycoming's national reputation and creating a strong financial base on which to build the future of the college. Douthat and his wife, Emily, worked tirelessly to move Lycoming forward and create an extraordinary learning environment.
In gratitude for the couple's unwavering commitment to the success of the college, the Lycoming College Board of Trustees has announced that The Commons, Lycoming's apartment-style residential complex that opened in August 2007, has been renamed Douthat Commons. Located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Mulberry Street, the 29,000-square-foot building accommodates 85 students within 22 units.
The board also has established the James and Emily Douthat Distinguished Lectureship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The trustees endeavor to invite leaders of national prominence to Lycoming's campus to further conversation, discourse and new scholarship as it relates to education in the liberal arts and sciences. The Douthat lectureship will annually invite leaders of unusual distinction in the liberal arts and sciences to Lycoming's campus to engage with students, faculty and staff.