Lakeshore Technical College has announced Paul Carlsen, the current chief content officer for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), will become the next president of LTC.
The appointment culminates a national search process that began in November. Carlsen will succeed Michael Lanser, who will retire after serving 14 years as president.
Carlsen is expected to start the job in July.
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 Ph.D. 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,” Sharon Chappy, LTC board chair and chair of the LTC presidential search committee, said in a press release. “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.”