Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice has a history with the university dating back to 1972 when he first arrived on campus as an architecture student. He was appointed as Louisiana Tech’s 14th President on July1,2013.
Dr. Guice earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He accepted a position as an assistant professor of civil engineering at Louisiana Tech in 1978 and was named department head in 1989. Throughout the next decade, Dr. Guice would continue to distinguish himself as an academician, researcher, administrator and leader. His dedication to his students, his faculty and the university would lead to his appointment as Dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science in 1999. As Dean, Dr. Guice continued to encourage and support innovations in the curricula. The College’s faculty became increasingly successful in securing external funding for the integrated curriculum which resulted in a transformative redesign of curricula throughout the College.
Under Dr. Guice leadership, the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) added a focus on the emerging field of nanotechnology. With the hiring of key nanotechnology faculty in numerous disciplines, further expansion of research laboratories, establishment of an interdisciplinary engineering PhD program with a nanotechnology track, and initiation of a B.S. in Nanosystems Engineering, the university established strong research and education nanotechnology programs that have received national recognition.
In 2004, Dr. Guice’s performance and accomplishments as dean of the College of Engineering and Science led to his appointment as Louisiana Tech’s vice president for research and development. During his tenure as vice president and as executive vice president in 2012, Louisiana Tech significantly increased patents, licenses/options, start-up companies, SBIR grants with affiliated companies, and established strong industry partnerships for commercialization of technologies. Dr. Guice also led the establishment of Louisiana Tech’s first two technology incubators, the Rawle and Humana Enterprise Centers.
With a focus on the future and a progressive vision for economic development, Dr. Guice has led the planning and development of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Campus – a research park connecting the university and downtown Ruston. Enterprise Campus’ first building, Tech Pointe, was completed in 2012 and is now home for several companies.
As President of Louisiana Tech, Dr. Guice is the chief executive officer of north Louisiana’s only Carnegie Foundation national research university and one of two public universities from Louisiana recognized in the top tier of national universities in the U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Guice leads a university that most recently has been ranked #11 in the nation in a list of “Most Underrated Colleges In America” (Business Insider), #17 in the nation in a list of “Low Cost Colleges with High Starting Salaries for Graduates” (Affordable Colleges Online), and #21 in the nation for providing its graduates with the best returns on their investments (AdvisorOne.)
Throughout his career, Dr. Guice has contributed to and played a central role in creating the culture and vision for the future of Louisiana Tech, and continues that commitment as President. Dr. Guice’s focus on campus-wide engagement, building and growing relationships, and leadership in forging a path toward advancement of the university’s academic and athletic programs, research and commercialization activities, and economic development efforts means that Louisiana Tech University’s best days are yet to come.
Dr. Guice is a native of Monroe and grew up in Bastrop. He and his wife, Kathy, have three sons – Kyle, Chad, and Bret – and one grandson, Christopher, and his twin sisters, Elizabeth and Everly.