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Panel chooses Guice for La. Tech president

Last Modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:26 PM

RUSTON (AP) — A search committee recommended Thursday that Leslie Guice succeed Dan Reneau as president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

Guice was announced as the panel's sole finalist for the position Thursday. A news release from the University of Louisiana System said Guice would be interviewed by the system's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. The board could make its decision that same day.

Reneau announced in September that he would retire as the university's 13th president at the end of June after 26 years in the position.

Guice began his career at Louisiana Tech 34 years ago as an assistant professor of the department of civil engineering. He 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.

The search committee based its decision on interviews with Guice and semi-finalist Duane Hrncir, the acting president of South Dakota School of Mines, as well as feedback from faculty, staff, students, and community leaders who met with both candidates Wednesday on Tech's campus.

"I believe both semi-finalists would be successful presidents, but Guice's track record of success, statewide reputation, and campus support made him the clear choice of the search committee," said Wayne Parker, UL System Board Chair and Search Committee Chair.

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