Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee Named

First Meeting and Public Forum on Sept. 25

BATON ROUGE – University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Chair Wayne Parker announces the appointment of 11 members to the Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee.  The committee will hold its first meeting and a public forum on the Ruston campus on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

After 46 years of service including 26 years as president, Dan Reneau will retire from Louisiana Tech University on June 30, 2013.

“Selecting a university leader is one of the most important responsibilities our board undertakes.  I am excited to pull together a committee of board members, campus and community representatives all dedicated to finding the best possible successor for President Reneau,” said Parker.

Voting members of the committee include UL System Board Members Edward Crawford of Shreveport, Student Member and Tech SGA President William Dearmon, Jimmy Faircloth of Alexandria, David Guidry of Harvey, Jimmy Long, Sr. of Natchitoches, Board Vice Chair Russell Mosely of Baton Rouge, Board Chair Wayne Parker of Choudrant, and Winfred Sibille of Sunset.  Also serving as a voting member will be a Tech faculty member to be named by the University Senate.

Serving as advisory, non-voting members will be Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and Tech Foundation President-Elect Jack Byrd.  Parker will serve as chair of the committee.

Next week, the committee will convene at the Student Center on Tech’s campus for its first meeting and to hear from the public.  The purpose of the public forum is to gather input from the campus community on desired qualifications for a new president.  Both are open to the public.

WHAT:     Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee Meeting and Public Forum

WHEN:     10:30 a.m. Committee Meeting; 1 p.m. Public Forum, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

WHERE:   Student Center, Main Floor, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

“At the public forum, the committee’s job is to listen to the wants and needs of the campus and community.  We want to hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and citizens as their comments will guide our work,” said Parker.

To get the latest information about the search, visit www.ulsystem.edu/LATECHsearch.  Questions and comments can be emailed to LATECHpressearch@uls.state.la.us.

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 about 94,000 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.