U.S. News & World Report
names Lycoming a “Tier One” liberal arts college.
in those changes. Those who worked to
transform ideas into realities are the ones
who deserve the credit for Lycoming’s
success. They gave life to each idea,
reviewed each option and set in place
each improvement. At Lycoming, there
is always plenty of credit to go around
for the good things that happen because
so many people can and do many things
very well here.”
U.S. News & World Report
ranked Lycoming 11th in the nation
among liberal arts and science institutions
for the “value added” to the education
experience given to its students.
Based on their review of Lycoming’s
graduation rate, the report identified
the benefit Lycoming adds when its
graduation rate is compared with those
rates at other colleges similar in academic
quality to Lycoming.
U.S. News
names Lycoming a “Tier One” liberal
arts college. “Solid students and solid
teaching make that happen,” Douthat
said. He also adds that Lycoming’s
formal and informal support systems
for students are also major factors in
Lycoming’s high graduation rate.
Lycoming’s much improved financial
position has allowed for a large variety
of educational
enhancements added
during Douthat’s
tenure. He created
the Office of the
Assistant Dean for
Freshmen to support
the transition to
College, developed
the Institute for
Management Studies
to create a programmatic umbrella
enhancing the business, accounting and
economics departments, and established
the Visiting Scholars Program to
bring directors, conductors, writers,
ambassadors and others into the College’s
classrooms. Lycoming’s endowment
now contains 225 endowed scholarships,
supporting hundreds of students each
year. Douthat is particularly proud of
his work with donors to recognize and
reward Lycoming’s very best professors
by creating endowed faculty chairs.
During his years at the College, nine such
professorships have been funded.
Laying the groundwork
The reason Douthat has remained
at Lycoming for 24 years is simple.
“I thought I could make a positive
difference. There are many good people
here who are committed to helping
students receive an excellent education. I
thought I, too, could have a role to play.”
When he arrived, Douthat wanted
to introduce a new financial model at
Lycoming, one similar to those found at
many of the finest liberal arts colleges
in the country. It was a lofty goal in
1989, especially for a college with less
than $19 million in endowment. The
three-part formula took both time and
discipline to implement. Yet, the model
has been instrumental in establishing
the financial stability Lycoming now
possesses. The first part of the plan
involved setting a student body size
in balance with the size of the faculty
and staff and maximized facility usage;
the second element was to create a
long-range process for assessment and
planning to ensure a balance between
educational and competitive needs and
the funds to support them, including debt
levels and debt risk; and lastly, the model
required that the endowment corpus
grow significantly and that its success be
measured by the growth of endowment
per student, not just in total dollars.
Since Douthat’s arrival, the
endowment has grown to more than
$178 million, as of Dec. 31, 2012.
President Douthat was inaugurated as the
College’s 14th president on April 6, 1990. He is
shown with Nathan Stuart ’36 (left), former vice
chair of Lycoming’s board of trustees, and Robert
Shangraw ’58 ’04H, emeritus chair of the board.
President Douthat
is congratulated at his
inauguration by his wife,
Emily, and children,
Anna and Mark.
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