John Ronald Langrell III 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.
Lang-rell edged the two local finalists, Tony Apostle, who is retiring as superintendent of the Puyallup School District, and Amy Goings, vice president at Clover Park Technical College.
The Bates board voted unanimously on the appointment at its May 29 meeting. Langrell will begin his work July 9.
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, Mike Grunwald, chairman of the board of trustees, said in a news release.
Langrell, 54, brings more than 30 years of experience to Bates. He is executive vice president at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn. Before that, he held positions at Walla Walla Community College, where he was vice president of instruction, among other roles . He was also an administrator at the College of Southern Idaho. Langrell holds a doctorate from Florida State University, a post-masters degree in vocational (teacher) education, a master of education in guidance and counseling, and a bachelors 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.