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LA Tech presidential candidates interviewed

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2012 06:44 PM

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana Tech has narrowed its search for a new president down to two candidates.

The semi-finalist candidates, Leslie Guice and Duane Hrncir are vying to become Louisiana Tech's next university president. Guice is currently the executive vice president for research and development at the university, while Hrncir is the acting president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

The candidates were interviewed publicly Wednesday by the presidential search committee. Each answered a series of questions ranging from graduation rates to working with community colleges. Both candidates said raising private money would be a priority.

"I believe it's very important to me to begin a development program, where we reach out to our alumni, and foundations and friends to help us raise external revenues. That will be very important to these goals we're creating," said Guice.

"What we need to do is increase revenues into this institution. That increases our donor base and work with corporations and companies and bring in new resources," said Hrncir. 

The search committee will decide tomorrow who will move on to a final interview with the board of supervisors for the UL system. Jackie Tisdell, who works with the system, says likely one will be chosen, but you never know.  "That could be one of the two candidates it could be both of the candidates or it could be neither. It's up to their discretion," said Tisdell.

That final interview will take place on December 4th in Baton Rouge.  The search committee's recommendation will be announced after a meeting at 10 in the morning on Thursday.

Tech's current president, Dan Reneau, plans to retire on June 30th.

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