John Ronald (Ron) Langrell will be the new president of Bates Technical College, the college announced Wednesday.
Langrell succeeds Lyle Quasim, who is retiring after a two-year tenure as president and more than 40 years in government leadership.
The Tacoma college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on the appointment at its May 29 meeting. Langrell will begin his position on July 9.
“We are pleased to announce Dr. Langrell as our new President and look forward to the leadership he will bring to Bates Technical College,” Mike Grunwald, chairman of the board of trustees said in a news release. “Dr. Langrell has the perfect combination of experience and leadership skills to help Bates build on our long history of success and move confidently into the future.”
Langrell brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to Bates. He is currently the executive vice president at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.
Prior to his work in Minnesota, Langrell held academic leadership positions at Walla Walla Community College, where he was vice president of instruction -chief workforce officer, and instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education. He was also an administrator at the College of Southern Idaho.
Langrell holds a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University, a post-master’s degree in vocational (teacher) education, a master of education in guidance and counseling, and a bacheolor’s degree in psychology, all from the University of Idaho. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
A native of Roseburg, Ore., Langrell and his wife Vicki have three children, ages 14, 12 and 7.