BATON ROUGE -Dr. Leslie Guice today was unanimously appointed the 14th President of Louisiana Tech University by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. Guice will take over leadership of the institution on July 1, 2013 when long-time President Dan Reneau retires.
“This is truly an honor. Kathy and I have enjoyed going through this process. We have received tremendous support from the Tech community and across the state. I appreciate the Board and look forward to working with you to advance Louisiana Tech University in the future,” said Guice.
UL System Board Chair and Tech alumnus Wayne Parker temporarily passed the chairman’s duties to Vice Chair Russell Mosely so that he could make the motion. It was followed by a unanimous second and roll call vote.
“We’re 100 percent sure we selected the right person based on input from all the university stakeholders. The Tech community told us from day one of this search that they wanted Dr. Guice, and this process confirmed that he is the best leader for Louisiana Tech,” said Parker.
“I have been involved in multiple boards and position searches, and it is very rare that all constituents agree. Every single person whose opinion I value contacted me to sing your (Guice’s) praises. It was extraordinary to see that support,” said Board Member Jimmy Faircloth, Jr.
“It is my honor to welcome you (Guice) as President of Louisiana Tech University. I am very proud to have cast my vote for you,” said Board Member E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert.
“Over the years I have been fortunate to work with two outstanding Tech presidents: Jay Taylor and Dan Reneau. I am happy to say we have elected a third great leader for Louisiana Tech University,” said Board Member Jimmy Long, Sr.
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.
Guice and his wife, Kathy, have three children and one grandchild on the way.
For more information about the search including a copy of Guice’s résumé, 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.