News Release

Published on Friday, January 23, 2009

Charles G. Richardson, district director of Western Technical College from 1965-1986, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20 at his home in Wenatchee, Wash.

During his tenure, Western experienced significant changes and growth as it transitioned from the Coleman Vocational and Adult School, to the Coleman Technical Institute, and then to Western Wisconsin Technical Institute.

Richardson had only been there a short time, when in 1966, the vocational school became one the first in Wisconsin to meet the state requirements to become a technical institute, allowing the school to confer associate degrees. Then, in 1972, WWTI was one of the first two-year institutions of its type in the nation to achieve full accreditation as a vocational-technical institute.

“Mr. Richardson’s goal when he accepted the position of district director was to upgrade the professional and technical image of Western. I believe he achieved and surpassed that goal,” said Lee Rasch, current president of Western Technical College. “We are all mourning the loss of a great citizen of the Western family. The college and the communities that we serve owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

The Richardson family is planning to hold a memorial service in La Crosse at a future date.