Bates trustees announces three presidential finalists

Thursday, May 24

TACOMA, Wash. - Following an extensive national recruitment, the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees has announced a schedule of community forums for three presidential finalists that will take place on Tuesday, May 29. Each finalist will visit South and Downtown Campus for a community forum. The public forums take place in the campus auditoriums.

The selected finalists are Dr. Tony Apostle, Puyallup, Wash.; Amy Goings, Tacoma, Wash.; and Dr. Ron Langrell, Austin, Minn.

The schedule for the South Campus community forums is as follows: 8:30 a.m., Langrell; 9:30 a.m., Apostle; and 10:30 a.m., Goings.

The schedule for the Downtown Campus community forums is as follows: 8:30 a.m., Goings; 9:30 a.m., Langrell; and 10:30 a.m., Apostle.

Apostle is the Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for the Puyallup School District. Apostle's educational background includes a doctoral degree in elementary and secondary education from Washington State University, a master's in educational administration from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

Goings is Vice President for Operations and College Relations at Clover Park Technical College. A lifelong Washingtonian and first generation college graduate, she received her Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. Goings is pursuing her educational administration doctorate full-time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Langrell has been the Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer for Riverland Community College, located in Austin, Minnesota since 2005. Langrell has completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and holds a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University. He possesses a post-master's degree in vocational teacher education, a master's degree in guidance and counseling, and Bachelor of Science in psychology, all from the University of Idaho.

The board of trustees began their search for a new president following the December 2011 announcement that President Lyle Quasim would retire after more than 40 years of public service. Quasim will remain at the college until the trustees appoint a new president. Karras Consulting, located in Olympia, Wash. has assisted in the national search. The trustees expect to select a candidate in June.

About Bates Technical College

Celebrating more than 70 years of providing educational opportunities, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree options in more than 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.


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