Name: Lin Zhou
Job Title: President
Institution: Bates Technical College
Year Assumed Presidency: 2018
Previous Positions: At Bates Technical College: Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success, Chief Equity Officer, and Accreditation Liaison Officer, (2016-2018); Executive Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success (2015-2016); Dean of Instruction (2013-2015). At Lake Washington Institute of Technology: Associate Dean of Extended Learning (2008-2012); Director of Redmond Campus (2007-2008); Manage of Redmond Campus (2005-2007); Technical Support (2001-2005).
Affiliations and/or Boards: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (2021-2024); National Asian Pacific Islander Council (2020-), Board Member; American Technical Education Association (2018-), member of Board of Trustees and the President of Region 6; Washington State Adult Education Advisory Council (2020-), Board Member; College Spark Washington (2019-), Member of Board of Trustee; The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (2020-), Board Member; Pierce County Workforce Development council (2018-), Board Member; South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (2019-); Education Steering Committee Chair; Rotary 8 (2019-); City Club of Tacoma (2018-), Board of Directors.
State Engagement: Member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC); member of the WACTC Operating Budget Committee
Recent AACC Conventions Attended: 2022, 2019, 2018
Past AACC Professional Development Participation: Presidents’ Academy Summer Institute (July 2022), presenter, “Crisis Management”; AACC Expanding Community College Apprenticeship Initiative (May 2022).
Education: Ph.D., Community College Leadership, Oregon State University (2014); MBA, Project Management, City University of Seattle (2006); Certificate, Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (2017); AAS, Computer Science & Networking Technology, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (2001); College Degree, Accounting, Renmin University of China (1996).
Other: Starting as an ESL student who couldn’t speak or understand English at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 1999, Dr. Lin Zhou became Bates Technical College’s first female president in 2018, and the first female Chinese immigrant to serve as president at a public two-year college in Washington state.