The Bates Technical College Board of Trustees has named Dr. John Ronald Langrell III to serve as president of the college. He will succeed Lyle Quasim, who is retiring after a two-year tenure as president and more than 40 years in government leadership.

Langrell, who will begin work July 9, has more than 30 years of higher education experience. He is currently executive vice president at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.

Under his leadership, the college secured legislative and community support for a system campus; founded and implemented community leadership programs throughout Southeast Minnesota; created the Professional Intercollegiate Education Center at Owatonna Hospital; and developed and implemented full accreditation of selected online degrees and career-technical programs.

Prior to his work in Minnesota, Langrell held academic leadership positions at Walla Walla Community College, where he served as the vice president of instruction -chief work force officer,  and as the instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education. He  also was the director of student services personnel-chief student affairs officer at College of Southern Idaho.

Langrell has a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University, a post-master's degree in vocational (teacher) education, a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in psychology, all from the University of Idaho. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Tacoma-based Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree options in more than 50 career education programs, and serves about 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members in extended learning, distance learning, high school and other programs.