Lange, who joined the board, in 1990 served as secretary from 1996 to 2000. In 2007 he was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor. He helped increase the total college enrollment from 6900 students to 18,413 students. This incredible growth was due in large part to the growth of the Bryan campus, and campuses in Schulenburg and Sealy.
There were other major developments in Lange’s tenure. The O’Donnell Performing Arts Center was constructed, so was the Bill Rankin Agriculture Center, the J. Hal and Alyne Machat Music facility, student apartments with several student residence halls.
Blinn College Board President Doug Borchardt said at last (Tuesday) night’s meeting that it was an honor to serve with Lange and that he showed the leadership and vision helped Blinn become one of the premier community colleges in the state.
The Board will appoint Lange’s replacement to serve until the next election.
Lange is a 1951 graduate of Brenham High School and attended Blinn from 1951 to 1953. He lettered in basketball and baseball before being drafted into the Army. He was stationed in Europe.
After completing his time in the Army he returned to college at Sam Houston State. He was the captain of the baseball team there where he held a strikeout record for decades. He even signed with the Detroit Tigers organization and played briefly for their Regina farm club.
Lange then became an insurance agent in Beaumont but came back to Brenham and he made it his permanent home.