Bates board appoints Borofsky president

The Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. David B. Borofsky as the new president of Bates Technical College. On board since early December, Borofsky is working with all constituents of the college, and meeting business and industry partners, legislators and community leaders to advance the educational needs of Bates students and people in the greater Puget Sound area of the state.

Borofsky is impressed with the broad spectrum of career training for students at Bates, the dedication of the faculty and staff, and the strong ties the institution shares with industry and organizations in the greater Tacoma area.

During a recent strategic planning retreat, Borofsky told college staff and community participants . . . “We will not be without challenges, but we have a strong, resilient group of people committed to helping our students and business partners succeed. Bates is known for creating new programs and staying current with the latest technologies to ensure that students receive the academic and technical skills they need to get jobs and help support economic development.”

A New Hampshire native, Borofsky earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a doctoral degree from Rutgers University. Most recently, he served as vice president of instruction, student services and administrative services at Colorado Mountain College, and has worked at other colleges in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Bates is Washington State’s largest technical college, serving some 5,600 full-time students in guaranteed career training programs that include college-level academics, continuing education, business and management training, home and family life programs, and apprenticeship training.

The college offers 45 Associate of Technology degrees and provides job training for nearly 350 areas. For more information, go to, or call (253) 680.7000.