From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice
A week for coming home to Louisiana Tech
I had the opportunity this week to serve on a team of faculty and administrators for our regional accrediting body, SACSCOC, with the responsibility for doing off-site reviews for some of our peer institutions. Over the past several weeks, I have reviewed and assessed comprehensive reports submitted by three institutions, and then our review team came together this week in Atlanta to discuss the reports and make our recommendations. From there, other teams will be formed to visit each institution to address any issues that we may have found in our review. This peer review process requires a lot of work, but provides a thorough and fair way to ensure that institutions are upholding standards and principles. I learned a lot myself which will help me be a better President and help our institution be more effective in the future. Louisiana Tech had a SACSCOC review and visit earlier this year and gained much from the external review. I made it back to the office on Thursday and had a strategic planning meeting with my senior leadership team. The primary focus of that meeting was on our information systems needs and plans. We have good but dated legacy systems, and are planning to make some upgrades that will move us forward in efficiency, reliability and effectiveness. After the leadership team meeting, AD Tommy McClelland and I met to get caught up on various athletics activities and planning efforts. This is an exciting time for Tech’s athletics program as we have several of our major sports competing and doing so quite successfully. Later Thursday, I had an interview with a Tech Talk reporter and then met with some of the senior leadership of our key industry partner Computer Sciences Corporation who were on campus to look at ways for expanding the partnership with different academic programs. Friday morning, I was able to meet with the College of Business advisory board to give them an update on the institution. Special thanks to all of the advisory boards that are visiting with us this week-end. At noon, we hosted the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon at the DAC. This is always a special event where so many of the Tech Family come together to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of a few of our alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions. Friday night, we hosted the Golden Society and Class of 1965 reunion at the DAC. We also recognized graduates of the Classes of 1945 and 1955 who were in attendance. Reggie Hanchey, a member of the 1965 Class gave a presentation reminding everyone what the Tech campus as well as national social, political and economic conditions were like during 1965. It was a fun event. There are many other homecoming activities planned for the weekend and it is a joy to see so many of our alumni return to campus to reconnect and reflect on their personal journeys with Louisiana Tech. Happy Homecoming!