Carlsen Named a Finalist for CEO of the Year




Lakeshore Technical College President Dr. Paul Carlsen has been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as one of six finalists for its CEO of the Year award. The winner will be announced April 8 during the AACC’s annual convention. 

“Under Paul’s leadership, Lakeshore has gained national recognition by organizations including Forbes, Aspen Institute, and Bellwether Consortium. He is a leader among his peers and a game-changer for our college and community,” says Lakeshore Board of Trustees Chair John Wyatt. 

“This is less a reflection of me as an individual and more a reflection of the college at large. We are fortunate to have faculty and staff at all levels of our college who are mission-focused on providing the best possible education to every student who walks through our doors,” says Carlsen.

The AACC is an advocacy organization representing more than 1,000 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and nearly 12 million students.

In choosing award finalists, the AACC considered accomplishments and recognition in various areas for each nominee, including effective leadership, implementation of results-driven initiatives, effective advocacy at the local and state level, participation in national dialogues on trends and issues impacting community colleges, and representation on local, state, and national boards advancing the work of two-year colleges.

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Paul Carlson
Dr. Paul Carlsen


About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college educating more than 9,000 students annually. Students enroll at Lakeshore to master real-world, employable career skills and start their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Lakeshore faculty and staff are focused on providing each student an individualized learning experience.
Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized two-year college. The college was ranked #2 in the nation by Washington Monthly, #17 in the nation by Forbes, #20 in the nation by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist five out of the last six years, and named the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.
Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore each year, and associate degree graduates report earning a median salary of $59,899 within six months of graduating. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore educates students at learning campuses in downtown Manitowoc and downtown Sheboygan. Classes are also offered at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at