July 15, 2014
After 24 years of service to Blinn College and its students, Norwood Lange has resigned from the College’s Board of Trustees.
Lange, who joined the board in 1990, served as secretary from 1996-2000 and 2004-08. In 2007, he was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor. During his tenure, Lange helped to oversee a period of incredible growth at the College, as enrollment leapt from 6,930 students in 1990 to 18,413 last Fall and Blinn opened new campuses in Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy.
With that enrollment growth came a construction boom, including the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, the Brenham campus Administration Building, the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility, student apartments and the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall. Additionally, Blinn’s Health Sciences Division is housed at the 53,000-square foot Texas A&M Health Science Center.
“It has been an honor to serve alongside Norwood Lange,” Board President Douglas Borchardt said. “His leadership and vision have helped Blinn become one of the premier community colleges in the state, and he leaves a legacy that has impacted generations of Blinn College students.”
The board will appoint a new Precinct 1 representative to serve until the next regular election in May.
A 1951 Brenham High School graduate, Lange attended Blinn from 1951-52, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He attended Sam Houston State University on dual basketball/baseball scholarships before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Europe, and after 18 months he was inducted onto the All-Army team and was sent back to the United States to play in the All-Army Tournament.
After completing his military duties, he returned to Sam Houston, where he held a strikeout record that lasted 21 years, was named all-conference three times and was named captain of the 1957 team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers, playing one year for their affiliate in Regina, Saskatchewan. After shoulder surgery, he went to work for PPG Industries as branch manager in Galveston.
Lange entered the insurance industry in Beaumont in 1964. He became active in the Rotary and Optimist clubs, managed Little League baseball and officiated basketball games for 22 years, including time as a Southwest Conference official. In 1980, Lange and his family returned to Brenham, where he purchased the Holleman-Reed Insurance Agency.
Lange has served on the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council, the Brenham Country Club Board of Directors and the Prime Bank Advisory Council in Brenham and Houston.