Ruston, LA -The Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee today selected Dr. Leslie Guice as the sole finalist for the presidency. Guice will interview with the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. in Baton Rouge.
The committee based its decision on interviews with Guice and semi-finalist Duane Hrncir as well as feedback from faculty, staff, students, and community leaders that met with both candidates yesterday on Tech’s campus.
“I believe both semi-finalists would be successful presidents, but Guice’s track record of success, statewide reputation, and campus support made him the clear choice of the search committee,” said Wayne Parker, UL System Board Chair and Search Committee Chair.
Guice began his career at Louisiana Tech 34 years ago as an assistant professor of the department of civil engineering and worked his way up to dean of the College of Engineering and Science. He currently serves dual roles as Vice President for Research and Development and Executive Vice President of the university.
He received his first two degrees at Louisiana Tech, a bachelor of arts in architecture and a master of science in civil engineering. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
During his interview yesterday Guice said Louisiana Tech’s number one strength was its dedicated faculty and staff.
“This university has achieved so much more than it had the resources to achieve. Our loyal faculty and staff put the university before themselves and collaborate in multiple ways. You can feel the culture of collaboration when you walk across campus,” said Guice.
Following Guice’s interview Tuesday, the Board may choose to name a new president that day. Current Tech President Dan Reneau will retire on June 30.
For more information about the search including a copy of Guice’s application, visit www.ulsystem.edu/LATECHsearch.
Founded in 1894, Louisiana Tech University is the only Carnegie Doctoral-High Research University and SREB Four-Year 2 Research University in north Louisiana. The university offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-level programs including well-known biomedical engineering and nanotechnology programs. With over 11,000 students nestled in the piney hills of north Louisiana, Tech has a reputation of offering a private-college atmosphere at a public university.
The largest higher education system in Louisiana, the UL System enrolls over 92,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.