LA CROSSE, Wis., July 31, 2018 – Western Technical College announced Tuesday the selection of Dr. Carl DeCarlo as the college’s dean of the Health and Public Safety division.
DeCarlo’s career in public safety education spans nearly 20 years. He comes to Western from Kingsman, Ariz., where he served as the chief of training and safety for the Kingsman Fire Department, and as an instructor at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. He will begin his new role at Western on Aug. 15.
“Dr. DeCarlo has dedicated his life to public service and we are thankful he has decided to continue that service through Western,” said Western interim vice president of academics Josh Gamer. “Carl brings a depth of knowledge from his time in fire service and in education, and his experience will help Western improve student learning outcomes within our Health and Public Safety division.”
DeCarlo recently served as the director of Fire Science and Safety programs at Elgin Community College in Illinois. While there, he led the design and operational readiness processes for a referendum funding a regional public safety campus. The campus opened its doors in 2016.
“As someone who began their academic career at a two-year college, I understand the importance of a technical college education,” said DeCarlo. “Western has always played an essential role in the community, and I’m looking forward to joining an institution that is deeply committed to health and public safety.”
DeCarlo is the third generation of his family to join fire service. He holds a doctoral degree in Education and Organizational Change/Development from Benedictine University, a master’s degree in Public Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration, and an associate’s degree in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services and Aeronautical Maintenance. He is also a graduate of the United States Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer and International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute programs.