ULS board approves Les Guice to continue Tech’s traditions as president
Dan Reneau was a student for 3 1/2 years and served in the professional capacity for 47 years, resulting in a total of 50 1/2 years of dedication and service to Tech.
Les Guice was as a student for 10 years and served as a faculty member for 30 years, resulting in a total of 40 years of service and dedication to Tech.
Guice, executive vice president and vice president for research and development, was unanimously approved by the University of Louisiana System Board as Tech’s 14th president on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
“I had the opportunity to teach here and have a real passion for the university,” he said. “To have the opportunity to lead it as its next president and shape the future is just incredible.”
Will Dearmon, Student Government Association president, said the search committee selected Guice as the finalist for the position of president over Duane Hrncir, acting president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
“As a board member, a member of the search committee and SGA President of Tech, I can wholeheartedly say that this was a great decision,” he said. “From the moment the search began, the search committee received an outpouring of support from students, faculty and staff of Louisiana Tech, as well as community members supporting the candidacy of Guice.”
Ryan Joseph, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said he thinks Guice is the perfect man to succeed Reneau.
“It is sad to see Reneau go, but Guice has the experience and spirit to continue Tech in the right direction,” he said.
Reaneau said it takes strong and dedicated commitment to excellence in all aspects of the university to succeed in the presidential position, and he knows Guice has it.
“Guice is very bright and certainly mentally capable of handling the job,” he said. “He has been part of Tech for many years and has the vision and determination to lead the university to greater heights.”
Dearmon said Guice not only has high credentials and qualifications, but he also has moral integrity and an outstanding personal reputation with Tech affiliates across the state and region.
“Dr. Hrncir has great qualifications and is an outstanding academic, however, given Dr. Guice’s experience at Louisiana Tech, I believe he had the edge on Dr. Hrncir,” he said.
Guice said he learned much about every position, student and faculty, at Tech as he acted in every position, and he believes that put him over the top against the other candidates.
He said experience has helped him better understand the needs of faculty and students.
He graduated from Tech with a degree in architecture, and he worked his way from student to vice president of research.
Since F. Jay Taylor served as president for 25 years and Dan Reneau served as president for 26 years, Guice said he does not plan to set any records there. However, he does see his presidential service time as more than a number.
“When the search committee asked how long I planned to serve as Tech’s president, I told them we developed a strategic plan,” Guice said. “Tech 20/20 has high goals we wanted to achieve for the university, and I would at least like to remain in this position until we have met and exceeded those goals.”
Reneau said during his presidency, an excellent student body, research laboratories, Research Park and the doctorial program were developed. Also, Tech moved to selective admissions and was reclassified as a tier one university.
“To see it all come true is heart-warming,” Reneau said.
Dearmon said he expects Guice to further Tech as a premier research institution, advance the university’s unique educational offerings and put much of his focus on expanding external revenue sources, while diversifying and growing Tech’s appeal on the national level.
Joseph, mechanical engineering student, said he thinks Guice will do great things for Tech.
“As the university continues to rapidly grow, Guice will bring fresh ideas to the table without threatening any traditions,” he said.
Guice said though some traditions fade over time, he would like to make sure Tech’s tradition of excellence in the classroom remains as a hallmark.
“In my opinion he is the right man in the right place at the right time for the presidency of Louisiana Tech University,” Reneau said. “He will do well.”
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