Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Administrative Cabinet

Kent Trachte, Ph.D.

President

Trachte became Lycoming College’s 15th president on July 1, 2013. He has spent more than 30 years in higher education as a faculty member and senior administrator, most recently serving as dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Read more

Chip Edmonds, Ed.D. '98

Executive Vice President

Edmonds returned to Lycoming in August 2009 as vice president for college advancement and assumed the role of Executive Vice President in the Fall of 2017. As Executive Vice President, Edmonds serves as the chief external affairs officer overseeing advancement, enrollment management, marketing & communications, government relations, community relations and special projects. He previously served idn major gifts at Yale University and Yale Medical School, where he oversaw the fundraising activities for the departments of pediatrics and OB/GYN. Prior to Yale, Edmonds served as a major gifts officer at Lycoming, director of annual giving at the Duke University Divinity School and development associate with the Duke Youth Academy. From 1998-02, he worked at Lycoming as the assistant director of admissions and development associate. Edmonds holds a B.A. in history and music from Lycoming, a M.Div. from Duke University, and an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. His professional development and community service include participation in the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Loyalsock Township School Board Director, Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School Trustee, and Lycoming Economic Development Foundation Board Member. Edmonds, his wife Erin, and their two sons live in Williamsport.

Jeff Bennett '94

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Bennett was named vice president for finance and administration in March 2014 after serving as the comptroller and treasurer since he came to Lycoming in August 2012. He  oversees human resources, the campus store, mail services, print shop, food services and the operations of the physical plant. Prior to his career at Lycoming, he worked at ParenteBeard LLC, Williamsport, where he was a certified public accountant from 1994-2012. Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in financial accounting from Lycoming in 1994.

Michael Clark ’93

Director of Athletics, Head Football Coach

Clark was promoted to his role as the director of athletics in 2012 and he has also served as the head football coach since 2008. With the football team, Clark has won two MAC titles, tutored 97 all-conference selections, 18 all-region selections, seven All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, a Regional Player of the Year, a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and led the team to seven wins over top-25 programs. As the director of athletics, he oversees 17 men’s and women’s athletic teams. Significant improvements at the Shangraw Athletic Complex include new scoreboards and artificial turf replacement, as well as updates to the soccer/lacrosse field. Clark earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Lycoming and earned a Master of Business Administration from Rowan University. Clark and his wife, Danielle, have three children, Allison, Brendan and Emily. They reside in Montoursville.

Robert L. Dunkleberger

Associate Vice President for Library & Information Technology Services

Dunkleberger has been Lycoming’s chief information officer since 2015. He provides technical, financial and planning leadership for all aspects of information and technology resources. He oversees instructional and enterprise information technology for classrooms and offices along with Internet, mobile, network, telecommunications, web development and multimedia services. Dunkleberger earned a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree from Bloomsburg University.

Marleni Feinstein

Special Assistant to the President, International Initiatives and International Student Advisor, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Feinstein was born and raised in Singapore, and came to the United States in 1986 to study at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she earned two masters' degrees (English literature and library science). She taught writing courses at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and in the Distance Learning Program for Indiana University. Her languages include English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and some Indonesian dialects. For ten years she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Lycoming County. Feinstein’s current responsibilities include mentoring international students through their four years on campus. She also assists with international marketing and recruiting efforts.

Kacy J. Z. Hagan

Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Compliance

Hagan joined Lycoming College in August 2018. She leads the department of Human Resources, including all recruitment and staffing, benefits and compensation administration, payroll, database management (HRIS), recordkeeping retention and file maintenance, performance management, legal and regulatory compliance, policy and procedure development, employee training and development, and employee relations. Hagan also oversees risk management and serves as the Title IX Coordinator for the College. She earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Strayer University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mary Washington.

Chip Hinton

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Hinton was named associate vice president for enrollment management in September 2023 and serves as the College’s chief enrollment officer. Hinton oversees undergraduate admissions, admissions operations, and financial aid. He leads the departments of admissions and financial aid and partners with senior leaders across campus to develop and execute data informed, and research driven, strategic enrollment plans to meet Lycoming College’s enrollment goals.Previously, Hinton served as assistant vice president of enrollment and marketing at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he managed a team of 20 colleagues with a $2.9 million annual operating budget. Prior to that, Hinton held leadership roles at the University of Mary and at Lincoln College of Technology, as well as serving as an instructor of accounting and business at both Herzing College and The University of Mary. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Benedict College, and a master’s of business administration from the University of Mary.

Daniel Miller, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Life 

Miller joined the Lycoming administration in 2005. He previously 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 and served as director of enrollment management and vice president for college relations at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. Miller earned an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Widener University, a master’s in higher education administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business management from St. John Fisher College.

Susan M. Ross, Ph.D.

Dean of the College

Following an 18-year career in the Lycoming College classroom, Ross was promoted to associate provost for experiential learning and director of the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences in March 2016. She was later promoted to vice provost and then named dean of the college in July 2022. Ross directs the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, the Office of Academic Services Deans, the First-Year Seminar Program, the Lycoming Partnership Program, college student retention strategies, and supports the directors of the New Faculty Mentor Program and the Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Program. Ross arrived at Lycoming in 1998 as an assistant professor of sociology and was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2011. She is the recipient of two teaching awards from Lycoming College—including having been the first recipient of the Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research & Information Competencies Award—and a teaching award from the University of New Hampshire. Along with Lycoming alumnus Dr. Michael Musheno (’69), Ross wrote Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq, and she is the editor of American Families Past and Present. Ross earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Millersville University.

Philip Sprunger, Ph.D.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor of Economics

Sprunger began serving as provost and dean of the college in 2011 and as provost and dean of the faculty in 2022. He arrived at Lycoming in 1993 as assistant professor of economics (later associate professor) and served in that role until 2011. As professor, he was presented with the college’s Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence in 2004. As provost, Sprunger has overseen an overhaul and improvement of the general education program, the addition of numerous new majors, and multiple successful accreditation cycles. Sprunger earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and German from Bethel College in Kansas.


The following individuals, plus the Administrative Cabinet, comprise the Senior Staff:

Dawn Williams

Controller

Williams was named Controller in April 2014, after serving as the Assistant Controller since 2010. She oversees the Business Office, including accounts payable/purchasing, student accounts, payroll, general ledger, and other financial aspects of the College. Prior to joining Lycoming, Williams served as the Controller/Chief Financial Officer in manufacturing, communications, and health care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lycoming in 1987 and became a Certified Public Accountant for the State of Pennsylvania in 1989.

Kate Hummel

Associate Dean of Students

Hummel was named associate dean of students in the fall of 2016 and was the director of residential life since she joined the college in 2012 . Prior to joining Lycoming, Hummel served as the coordinator of residential services at Garrett College, where she created a residential life program and was responsible for the student code of conduct. Hummel is responsible for the oversight of the college’s student code of conduct, serves as the deputy Title IX coordinator and supervises the departments of residential life and public safety. Hummel earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Lynchburg College in Virginia.