Bates president announces plans to retire

Thursday, September 22

President Lyle QuasimTACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College President Lyle Quasim announced at the Sept. 20 Board of Trustees meeting that he will retire effective Jan. 1, 2012. Quasim has served as president since January 2010.

In an effort to help with the transition, Quasim offered to continue as president until the Board of Trustees select a successor.

Under Quasim's leadership, the college has faced record enrollments with decreasing state budgets.

"Lyle has been a steady leader who has guided the college through difficult circumstances," said Board of Trustees Chair Mike Grunwald. "He leaves the college in a stronger position, and we are grateful to him for his leadership over the past two years," he said.

Quasim will retire after more than 45 years of public service. Prior to becoming Bates' president, he served in various positions in Pierce County and state government. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from University of Puget Sound, a master's degree in sociology from Pacific Lutheran University, and is a veteran of the US Air Force. Quasim is married and lives in Puyallup.

The Board of Trustees will meet next month to determine the recruitment process to select the next college president.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities 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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