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Growth, change and success

December 16, 2016
GUICE

GUICE

 

Les Guice
Louisiana Tech President

 

One of my primary responsibilities as president is to communicate with our alumni, political leaders and the broader public.  I love to talk to them about Louisiana Tech and I usually begin by bragging on our outstanding student body.  Not only is this the largest student body in Tech’s history with a Fall Quarter enrollment of 12,694, the overall quality of our students is at an all-time high, by any number of measures.  From success in the classroom to volunteerism and leadership to school pride and post-graduation success, this is an outstanding community of students.

 

Along with our students, we also have outstanding faculty and staff made up of people of diverse backgrounds who share a common sense of purpose — to provide our students with educational experiences that are second to none.  And I have seen their commitment to our students in many ways.

 

We are at a special time in Tech’s history — a time of growth and a time of increasingly important impact in our community, state and nation.  I believe that it is Tech’s responsibility as a national public research university to provide strong and visionary leadership for greater educational attainment and economic prosperity of our region.

 

We are seeing those impacts as more advanced technology businesses emerge and expand along the I-20 corridor, from Shreveport to Monroe, and right here on our campus. Just recently, one of the fastest growing companies from Silicon Valley has opened operations in Tech Pointe, primarily to gain access to our talented students and graduates. Companies like these are looking for talent from a variety of academic disciplines including communications, business, art, and computer science.

 

Our campus is growing also as we add new academic, athletics and residential life facilities, expand parking and pathways, and enhance campus aesthetics and safety through lighting and tree planting.  We are preparing for future generations of students to enjoy more “pleasant walks and noble trees.”

 

Our Ruston community, led by Mayor Ronny Walker, is also making many improvements throughout the city to make Ruston more attractive and supportive of our campus goals.

 

I am truly proud of our entire campus community, the Tech Family, who have shared the vision for a greater future for our institution and who work every day to make it a reality.  It is always exciting and inspiring to be part of something bigger than ourselves and something that will have a lasting impact on those who Tech serves.  Thanks to all of you for being part of this incredible community of teachers and learners, and for allowing me the privilege to lead and represent you.

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