Spotlight: Paul Gleichner

June 3, 2011

After serving eight years in the Army, Paul Gleichner, native of Two Rivers, was a jack of all trades.  He worked in sales and printing, and he also served as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a bartender, a security guard, and a funeral director.  That was until he decided he would finish the degree that he had started right after high school, which had been interrupted by his military service.

When Paul’s wife, Laura, got a job back home in Two Rivers, Paul was certain that it was time to return to Silver Lake College.  But he didn’t return to finish his degree in Studio Art.  He decided to change his focus to theology.  It was also around that time that Paul discerned his call to the diaconate.  So he took classes at Silver Lake during the week, and do the Commissioned Ministry Program in Green Bay on the weekends.  “I was never a traditional student, because I had kids, and was working part-time while going to school, but Silver Lake was very good about working with me as an adult and parent who was just trying to get my degree finished,” Paul says.  “But even though I was a non-traditional student, my years here were the some of the best times of my life, because I was learning so much.”

Paul graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2004.  He continued to earn a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lakeland College in 2009.

Paul put his Silver Lake College degree to work as Religion Teacher and Campus Minister at Roncalli High School, until he was given the opportunity to return to Silver Lake once again—this time as an employee.  In Fall 2009, Paul joined the Silver Lake community as the Director of Campus Ministry.  He also served as Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking and as College Chaplain.  “I have loved working with the young adults here at Silver Lake, and have enjoyed being with them on their faith journey.  However,” Paul says, “after four years of working with high school and college students, I have come to realize that I am better suited to working with adults.”

Beginning July 1, Paul will serve as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations (and will continue serving as College Chaplain).  Paul comes from a long line of Silver Lake College alumni.  “My wife, brother, sister-in-law, mother, and many more.  All of us have a strong personal connection to the college, and we want others to feel that same strong connection, and participate in the life of the College community,” Paul says.  “I look forward to strengthening the relationships between students and the college community.”

Keep your eyes open for the creative, cool events that Paul has up his sleeve in this coming year, and be sure to welcome him by sending him an e-mail at Paul.Gleichner@sl.edu.


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