October 12, 2016
Lycoming College officials are thinking big. Really big.
They have in mind a transformation from an excellent school to one of the nation's top liberal arts institutions.
And in the process, they want to create a new entrance to the school that will be part of an overall renaissance of Williamsport's Old City/East Third Street Gateway area.
All that ambition was part of an announcement that Lycoming College is embarking on a $65 million capital campaign.
If the campaign is successful and the plans are brought to fruition, Lycoming College will be on another level.
The school already provides an education that Dr. Kent Trachte, Lycoming president, says equips students with the critical thinking, communication skills and cross-cultural knowledge that CEOs are looking for.
He wants to create, in Lycoming College, "the coveted degree of the future."
But the school has been limited at times for years by its physical boundaries and limitations. The move south, if executed correctly, can give the school some needed sprawl and character that matters a lot in the competition to attract quality students to a four-year private college in the 21st Century.
The Gateway Building, besides being a welcome mat to attract students with an invigorating first impression, will provide eductional components that are new and complimentary to the rest of what Lycoming offers.
Supporters of the school have lots of reasons to bolster this ambitious campaign.
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