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Reneau to speak at spring convocation

May 16, 2014

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KALEB CAUSEY
Editor-in-Chief

Louisiana Tech president emeritus Dan Reneau will be the featured speech at the university’s spring convocation May 24.

Reneau served as president of the university for 26 years. He retired last summer. He served the university in several capacities, including student, professor and administrator, over more than half a century. 

In his role as president, Reneau saw more than 45,000 students graduate from the university.

Under his reign, Reneau accomplished several goals and honors for himself and the university.

Reneau saw the university achieve Tier 1 “National University” status from U.S. News and World Report.

He helped as Tech led the University of Louisiana System in highest average ACT score for freshmen from 2008 to 2011. During that same time, Tech had the highest graduation rate, highest retention rate and fastest time-to-completion rate in the ULS.

He took part in the design, land acquisition and construction of a $25 million research park addition to the university.

Reneau also led the athletics program to being named a Division I-A football program, their acceptance into the Western Athletic Conference and the acceptance into Conference-USA.

 The Institute for Micromanufacturing at Tech was also a project of Reneau’s, as he was behind its establishment.

Reneau also established the biomedical engineering department 15 years before he was named president of the university.

Reneau earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1963 and a master of science degree in chemical engineering in 1964, both from Tech. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 1966.

Reneau is a native of Woodville, Mississippi. He and his wife Linda have two children. Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. on in the Thomas Assembly Center.

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