Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Joshua Kutney

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 22
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Arts in English/ University of Southern Maine
  • Graduate degree/university: Master of Arts in English/University of Pittsburgh; Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction-Literacy/UW-Madison

Joshua Kutney, Ph.D., executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, is helping lead Lakeland University, located in Sheboygan County, out of the COVID-19 pandemic as an institution positioned for growth.

A member of Lakeland’s strategic planning team, Kutney was promoted at the start of 2023 to executive vice president – his latest role during his 18 years at Lakeland. 

This spring, Kutney led an effort to sign transfer agreements with five technical colleges to make it easier for students to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Students at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore who earn the Liberal Arts–Associate of Arts or Liberal Arts–Associate of Science degrees can transfer to Lakeland with junior standing.

This summer, Kutney led an effort to sign an agreement with the Sheboygan Area School District that expands access to free college-level coursework to eligible SASD students and teachers.

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