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Trachte to be inaugurated as Lycoming College's 15th president on April 5

Trachte to be inaugurated as Lycoming College's 15th president on April 5

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Lycoming College will celebrate the inauguration of its 15th president, Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., on Saturday, April 5. The inauguration ceremony, scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center, will bring together academic leaders, trustees, alumni and friends from around the nation to join with faculty, staff, students and members of the Williamsport community.

“During its 200-year history, Lycoming College has had just 15 presidents,” said Peter R. Lynn, a 1969 Lycoming graduate and chair of the college’s board of trustees. “This inauguration will be a great moment in the life of the college to recognize not only its rich past, but more importantly, its promising future under the leadership of President Trachte. His understanding of the college’s many strengths and his vision of its potential for national prominence has been an inspiration for everyone associated with Lycoming College.”

Trachte officially began his duties at Lycoming on July 1, 2013. He most recently served as dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He began there in 1988 as dean of freshmen before being named associate vice president. He was promoted to dean of the college in 2003. Prior to his tenure at F&M, Trachte taught political science at Gettysburg College, Long Island University and Clark University.

A native of De Pere, Wis., Trachte earned a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College in 1973, an M.A. 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 27 years of service. She earned a doctorate in French literature from Binghamton University. Their son, Kenyon, is a practicing attorney and his wife, Lucille, is a paralegal. They live in New York state.

In addition to the inauguration ceremony, Lycoming will host a lecture titled “The Liberal Arts & Sciences: An Enduring Future.” The guest speaker will be Nancy Cable, Ph.D., president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a national philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting education. The presentation will be held Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The Inauguration activities on Saturday also include: a Student and Faculty Research Expo; a “Windows of Williamsport” walking tour; the Inauguration Luncheon on the Quad; and the Inauguration Reception immediately following the ceremony.

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Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit