Lycoming College to inaugurate president

Lycoming College will celebrate the official inauguration of its 15th president, Dr. Kent C. Trachte, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Center on campus. Academic leaders, trustees, alumni and friends around the nation will join with faculty, staff and members of the Williamsport community to welcome Trachte.

Inauguration activities include a student and faculty research expo; a “Windows of Williamsport” walking tour; a luncheon on the quad; and a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Lycoming College has had 15 presidents in its 200-year history, said Peter R. Lynn, a 1969 Lycoming graduate and chairman 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,” Lynn said. “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 is a native of De Pere, Wisc. He received a bachelor of arts in government from Dartmouth College in 1973 and a master of arts in international relations from the University of Kentucky in 1975. He then went on to receive a doctorate in political science from Binghamton University in 1981.

Trachte officially began his duties at Lycoming College on July 1, 2013. Before coming to Lycoming College, he served as dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

In addition to the inauguration ceremony, Lycoming College will hold a free lecture titled “The Future of the Liberal Arts.” The guest speaker will be Dr. Nancy Cable, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a national philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting education. The presentation will be held 7 p.m. Friday in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.