From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice
Wrapping up Year 3: Taking the Tech message to DC
Kathy and I enjoyed attending the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday evening where Tech basketball star P.J. Brown was one of ten new inductees into the Hall. P.J. was quite an athlete at Tech and had a very successful professional career. He was also a teammate of current Dean of Student Life, Dickie Crawford. I was most impressed with P.J.’s acceptance remarks in receiving his award. Our very own Teddy Allen was emcee for the event, and he kept the audience rolling in the aisles most of the evening. I spent most of this week in the Washington, D.C. area. CIC Director Craig Spohn and I spent Monday and Tuesday visiting with staff members of our congressional delegation and meeting with others in various federal agencies and corporations. Most of the discussions focused on what Tech and the Cyber Innovation Center are doing together to build cyber and defense-related workforce, research and development capabilities in North Louisiana. Our collective efforts have clearly made a positive impression on key decision makers in DC and across the nation. We hope to see future investments from D.C. to further advance these initiatives. I returned back to campus on Thursday morning and headed over to the DAC for a strategic planning retreat with my leadership team. We have at least one retreat a year to take a fresh look at our mission, vision and strategic plan, as well as plan for strategic priority focus areas for the coming year. This meeting focused on a deeper look at what Tech will look like in 2020 when the campus has 15,000 students. Today marks the end of my third year as president. Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of me and our institution during this time.