James D. Van Erden, former associate professor of economics at Weber State College, has been named national director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training in Washington, D.C.

Van Erden served as acting director of the bureau from Oct. 1, 1987, through July 17, when his new responsibilities were made official. BAT operates under the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration.

"Jim brings considerable talent and expertise to the position and will continue the success in meeting Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training's goals," said Robert T. Jones, acting secretary for employment and training.

Van Erden holds a master's degree in statistics from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah.

His previous experience includes 13 years with the Labor Department in Washington D.C., along with six years at Weber State.

Van Erden will oversee a staff of about 250 and handle a budget of around $14 million. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children and live in Fairfax Station, Va.