Panel chooses Guice for La. Tech president

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.