Guice named new president of Louisiana Tech

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Tech University has a new president who will take the leadership position in mid-2013, chosen

Tuesday by the governing board of the University of Louisiana System.

Leslie Guice, executive vice president of the university, will move up to the top job in July when long-time president Dan

Reneau retires.

Guice has been at Louisiana Tech for 34

years, starting as an assistant professor of civil engineering. In

addition to being

executive vice president, he works as vice president for research

and development at the Ruston school. He's also an alumnus

of the university.

"We're 100 percent sure we selected the right person based on input from all the university stakeholders. The Tech community

told us from day one of this search that they wanted Dr. Guice, and this process confirmed that he is the best leader for

Louisiana Tech," Wayne Parker, chairman of the UL System Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.

Guice was the sole finalist recommended by a

presidential search committee. The panel based its decision on

interviews with

Guice and a second semi-finalist, as well as feedback from

faculty, staff, students and community leaders who met with both

candidates on Tech's campus.

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.