Office of the President

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Welcome to Bellingham Technical College! Each year, we provide more than 3,700 students with professional technical education and classes that help them build their better future.

Whether you're just starting to explore your options for your first career or are an experienced worker returning to college to train for the next level or a new direction, Bellingham Technical College offers a variety of two-year degrees, shorter certificates, bachelor of applied science programs and continuing education courses to help you meet your goals, as well as Transitional Studies classes that can provide you with English language skills, GED preparation and more.

BTC’s programs are informed by industry to give you the preparation and skills that employers are looking for, with hands-on training, high-tech equipment and opportunities for internships. This connection with our community and the economic development of our region helps ensure that BTC program graduates have high job-placement rates and earn high wages.

As a graduate of a technical college myself, I understand and deeply appreciate the life-changing power of education. At BTC, our goal is to ensure that every person in our community has access to the benefits that an education can bring. BTC takes pride in offering high quality education in an inclusive campus that is committed to equity, with student resources that include programs that support first-generation and low-income students, tutoring and counseling, and we offer a variety of financial assistance programs and scholarships to help you afford college and cut down on student debt.

I hope you’ll join us on campus and start the next exciting step on your educational journey.


James Lemerond, Ed.D.



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Legislative Advocacy

Bellingham Technical College’s office of the president is responsible for bringing together campus members including, BTC Board of Trustees, Associated Student Body, Administrators, Deans and other constituents to advocate and influence public policy and opinions about BTC and the CTC system priorities and challenges. These participants uphold BTC’s vision and mission by sharing the college's accomplishments, and highlighting BTC's long-standing dedication to the community through education, which strengthens the colleges connectivity, reputation and perception within the community and beyond. Read more about BTC's Legislative Advocacy.

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Board of Trustees

BTC is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Each member is appointed by the governor, and serves a five-year term.

The Board’s activities include strategic planning, policy creation, appointing the College President, approving operating budgets, and awarding tenure.

For additional information regarding the Board of Trustees please contact the College President's office at 360.752.8334.


Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda


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Bradley Smith

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in March 2018. 


Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at WWU (1994-2012); Prior experience includes: Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the US Environmental Protection Agency; Special Assistant to the administrator of the EPA; and, Acting Associate Administrator for the EPA. Dr. Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 1991. In addition, he was a professor of political science and biology, Director of Michigan’s Tobico Marsh National Refuge and also served as adjunct faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment


Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment.


Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission, current Chair; Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Board; National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; National Environmental Education Foundation; North Pacific Research Board; member of the Arctic Working Group; Washington State Sea Grant Board; and, Washington State Sustainability Commission.

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Richard Kaiser

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in July 2020. 


Project Manager, AIS Software; Owner, Seaprest Company. Prior work experience: Sehome High School, AP Computer Programming Instructor; Anvil Engineering, Mechanical Engineer; Whatcom Community College, Intertidal Ecology Instructor; Rocket Research Company, Development Engineer, Test Engineer, and Computer Programmer; University of Washington College of Oceanography, Oceanography Instructor.


Bachelor of Arts & Sciences, Biological Oceanography, University of Washington, 1977; Master of Science in Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, University of Washington, 1984.


Current: Technology Alliance Group, Member; Rotary Club of Bellingham, Member. Past: WWU College of Science & Engineering, Advisory Board President; Mount Baker Theatre, Board Member; Northwest Washington Engineers Club, President; Bellingham Bay Aquarium Project, Board of Directors.

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Jim Groves

Served as a BTC Trustee from 2009-2020; reappointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2022.


Retired Journeyman Electrician, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191.

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Ann McQuade

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in February 2022. Current Board Chair.


Retired Lt Col United States Air Force Nurse Corps Staff Nurse Medical Surgical Unit and Emergency Department.  Element Leader Family Medicine Clinic, Flight Commander Family Practice and Pediatric Clinics.  Flight Nurse, Flight Nurse, Aeromedical Technician, Battlefield Nursing, and Critical Care Air Transport Course Instructor.  Flight Commander Medical Readiness and Training. 


University of Nebraska Bachelor of Science Nursing, University of the Incarnate Word, TX Master of Science Nursing. 


Society of Air Force Nursing Pacific Region, Brighton Crest HOA and Septic Assn Secretary/Treasurer, Former Assumption School Chair School Commission and Parent Teacher Club.


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Robert DeCoteau

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in March 2023. Current Board Vice Chair.


Director of Workforce Education, Northwest Indian College. 


Associates in Business, Whatcom Community College; Bachelors in Business Administration, Western Governors University; Master in Management and Leadership, Western Governors University.


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