Lycoming College President Kent Trachte
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Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College, was elected to a three-year term on the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) board of directors during its annual meeting in Harrisburg in April. His term begins in September and runs through June 2019.
AICUP is a statewide organization that educates policymakers, media representatives, and civic and corporate leaders about the benefits, value and quality of education available at Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities. The organization also creates partnerships among its member institutions to enhance programs and reduce costs (www.aicup.org).
As the college’s 15th president, Trachte has worked collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and the community to develop and execute a strategic plan that has been steadily improving the college’s facilities, enrollment numbers and educational programs.
President Trachte currently serves on the following boards and committees: the Williamsport-Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce; the Lycoming County Hospitals Board at Susquehanna Health; the Lycoming County United Way; the East Third Street Gateway Commission; and the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. Trachte worked for a quarter-century at Franklin and Marshall College before taking office at Lycoming College in 2012. He began at F&M in 1988 as dean of freshmen before being named associate vice president and dean of freshmen in 1991. He was promoted to dean of the College in 2003. Prior to his tenure at F&M, he taught political science at Gettysburg College, Long Island University and Clark University.
A native of De Pere, Wis., Pres. Trachte earned a bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College in 1973, a master’s in international relations from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and a Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University in 1981.