New VP of Instruction Named at Lakeshore Technical College




Joey Walter
Dr. Joseph Walter

Lakeshore Technical College has named Dr. Joseph (Joey) Walter its new vice president of instruction, effective June 19, 2023.

Walter is currently the dean of business, industry, and technology at Tallahassee Community College in Florida. He oversees programs focused on business and entrepreneurship, computer technology, digital media, and engineering technology and design. Prior to his work in Tallahassee, Walter was the dean of workforce education, transitional studies, and continuing education at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. There he led efforts to create a Baccalaureate of Applied Science in both teaching and data analytics. 

Before working in higher education, Walter worked for the Arkansas Department of Career Education where he led nine adult education programs. 

Walter holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas, and a Doctor of Education from Arkansas State University.

“Lakeshore is one of our nation’s premier two-year colleges, and our nationwide search resulted in a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates from all over the country. Dr. Walter set himself apart with his educational background, life experiences, and commitment to open-access colleges like ours. We look forward to Dr. Walter hitting the ground running and continuing in our tradition of academic excellence at all levels,” said Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen.

According to Carlsen, Walter will focus on learning about Lakeshore Technical College and the community, guide the college in its competency-based education journey, and work to scale the college’s new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to provide more higher education opportunities to community members.

“Thank you to Dr. Carlsen and the hiring committee for selecting me for this position. I am very excited to serve the Lakeshore faculty, staff, and students in this role,” said Walter.

Walter was one of three final candidates emerging after an 11-member committee completed a national search to fill the role previously held by Dr. James Lemerond. After 21 years with Lakeshore, Lemerond was named president of Bellingham Technical College in Washington. Since Lemerond’s departure, Dr. Tanya Boman has been serving as the college’s interim vice president of instruction.
“We thank Dr. Boman for leading our instructional team on an interim basis and look forward to her leading our student success team in July after Dr. Walter joins us,” said Carlsen.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college educating more than 8,000 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 individual student an individualized learning experience.
Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized two-year college. The college was ranked the #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 four out of the last five 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, as well as in rural Manitowoc County at its School of Ag. Classes are also offered at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at