Lakeshore Technical College Board Announces New President



Dr. Paul Carlson

Dr. Paul Carlson



The Lakeshore Technical College Board has announced Dr. Paul Carlsen, chief content officer for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), will become the next president of Lakeshore Technical College. The appointment culminates a national search process that began in November.

The LTC board voted on Wednesday evening to offer the position to Dr. Carlsen who is expected to start the job in July.  Carlsen will succeed Dr. Michael Lanser, who will retire after serving 14 years as president.

In his current role as chief content officer, Carlsen provides direct leadership for workforce development, academics, WorkReady U (Louisiana’s adult education provider network), enrollment management, student affairs, financial aid, online learning, policy development, and institutional research in support of LCTCS colleges. In addition, he teaches American Government as an adjunct instructor at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana.

Prior to working in higher education, Carlsen served as a statistical and research analyst with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and as the chief workforce economist for Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart.  He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Carlsen will be joining us in July,” said Dr. Sharon Chappy, LTC Board Chair and chair of the LTC Presidential Search Committee.  “He will bring a breadth of knowledge, a passion for student success and a drive to continue to move LTC in the direction of high standing and distinction.”

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.<.p>

LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $46,800 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

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