Michael Cartney became president of Lake Area Technical Institute on July 1, 2014. Prior to serving as president, he was vice-president for seven years and is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.
Born south of Pierre, Cartney moved to Watertown with his family in 1970 and graduated from Watertown High School in 1977. Cartney earned a B.S. degree in computer science from the Air Force Academy in 1981, an organizational leadership certification from Squadron Officer School in 1984, and a M.S. degree in numerical analysis for EDP from Purdue University in 1986, a senior leadership certification from International Command and Staff College in 1994, and was a National Fellow to Harvard University in 2000.
During his time at the Air Force Academy, Cartney taught and was aide-de-camp. While completing his fellowship at Harvard University, he was an associate professor and also wrote a Harvard Press publication, The Art of Balancing Information Sharing and Security.
Cartney’s last military assignment was as liaison for the Air Force Academy to the White House and Congress. He is highly decorated for duty during the Cold War, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Desert Fox, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.