Lakeshore Technical College President Announces Retirement



Dr. Mike Lanser

Dr. Mike Lanser


Dr. Michael Lanser informed the Lakeshore Technical College Board that he will be retiring as president of the college following the 2016-17 academic year.

Lanser has served as president for 13 years. Under his leadership, LTC has expanded education options for students in areas such as wind energy and nuclear technology, agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, and hospitality including the creation of the Lakeshore Culinary Institute.

The opening of the KOHLER Center for Manufacturing Excellence in 2014 expanded capacity in high-demand, advanced manufacturing education programs and represented the college’s first capital fundraising campaign. This fall LTC will be opening the Advanced Automotive Technology Center, a state of the art training facility to train automobile service and collision repair technicians.

“In his time as president, Mike has shown extraordinary commitment to collaboration with local employers, K-12 school districts and the community,” said Dr. Sharon Chappy, LTC Board Chair.  “This truly has paved the way for LTC to achieve outstanding results for the communities we serve, including a 91% placement rate of graduates.

Chappy also cited accolades for the college under Lanser’s leadership including LTC being named three times one of the Top 150 Community Colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute which honors institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students.

“The opportunity to lead Lakeshore Technical College has been an honor and a privilege,” said Lanser.  “What has impressed me is the difference LTC makes in the lives of students, the reputation we have developed with employers, and the work our faculty and staff do each day that makes LTC such a valuable resource.”

The LTC Board will engage a higher-education selection firm to assist in the search for a new president.

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About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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