Seinfeld and Bladow elected as chair and vice chair of Bates Technical College Board of Trustees


TACOMA, Wash.Bates Technical College Board of Trustees recently elected Karen Seinfeld as chair and Layne Bladow as vice chair of the board. Seinfeld and Bladow officially began their year-long tenure at the Sept. 27 Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustee Seinfeld will serve as chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2016-17 academic year.

Seinfeld is a retired Judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Puget Sound Law School, Seinfeld served as president of City Club of Tacoma, The Puget Sound Inn of Court, the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, and the Tacoma Public Library Board, and she is currently a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum. Seinfeld also serves as chair of the Washington News Council, as vice president of the Tacoma Philharmonic, on the boards of the Tacoma Goodwill, the Washington State Courts Historical Society, and the State Office of Public Defense, and as a member of Rotary #8. Governor Gregoire first appointed Seinfeld to a partial term as a trustee in 2005, and re-appointed her to a full term in 2007. Governor Jay Inslee re-appointed Seinfeld in 2012.


Trustee Bladow will serve as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2016-17 academic year.

West Pierce Fire and Rescue Captain Layne Bladow is the president of West Pierce Fire Fighter Local 1488-IAFF, and is a member of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. Bladow has also served as a delegate to the International Association of Firefighters convention. The Lakewood resident is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and is a graduate of the college’s Fire Service program.

Governor Inslee appoints a five-member board of trustees composed of community representatives to govern Bates Technical College. The board’s role is to develop and oversee college policy in accordance with state law.


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About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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