President's Biography

Dr. Paul Carlsen became the 4th president of Lakeshore Technical College on July 1, 2017. He is responsible for all college operations and leads a dedicated, student-focused team of 400+ who each make significant contributions to the education of the 11,000 students served by the college each year. Since joining the college Paul has fostered an environment of empowerment, collaboration, and innovation.

In 2018, Paul testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce to outline the innovative work the college is doing to upskill incumbent workers through MicroMatch Upskilling. Paul currently serves on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Research, Data, and Accountability.

Prior to joining Lakeshore Technical College, Paul was the Chief Content Officer for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and an adjunct instructor of American Government at River Parishes Community College. During this time, Paul was appointed by Governor Edwards to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board where he helped formulate recommendations to elevate the education and health of Louisiana’s youth.

Before working in higher education, Paul served in economic and workforce development at Louisiana Economic Development and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Paul is active in the community as a Rotarian and serves on the board of directors of the Chamber of Manitowoc County, United Way of Sheboygan County, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC), the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA), and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.

Paul and his wife, Christina, are the proud parents to two young daughters. Paul and his family enjoy traveling, watching cartoons, sledding, and new adventures.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Denver, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Georgia. Paul’s peer-reviewed research has been published in Historical Methods, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Early American History.

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