Dan Reneau

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Daniel Dugan Reneau
Louisiana Tech University
Term July 1, 1987 – June 30, 2013
Predecessor F. Jay Taylor
Successor Les Guice
Born (1940-06-11) June 11, 1940 (age 74)
Woodville, Wilkinson County
Mississippi, USA
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University (1963, 1964)
Clemson University (Ph.D., 1966)
Residence Ruston, Lincoln Parish
Louisiana
Profession University President
Spouse Linda Digby Reneau
Children John Reneau
Dana Reneau Shaw

Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr. (born June 11, 1940), has been the president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, since July 1, 1987. On September 4, 2012, he announced during his "State of the University" address that he would retire as president effective June 30, 2013. He was succeeded by Dr. Les Guice.

Background[edit]

A native of Woodville in southwestern Mississippi, Reneau graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He earned a master's degree in 1964 from the same institution. He received his Ph.D. in 1966 from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Reneau returned to Louisiana Tech in 1967 to serve as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He became an associate professor in 1969 and was promoted to full professor in 1973. In 1972, Reneau established the Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering department, only the fifth undergraduate program of its kind, and was named its head. He founded the national biomedical engineering honor society Alpha Eta Mu Beta in 1979.[1]

Reneau's research interests focused upon the application of engineering principles to living systems, the understanding of cerebral palsy, and the use of technology to help people with disabilities. He has published eighty technical papers in books and journals, edited five books, and attended more than one hundred international meetings and conferences. In 1980, he was promoted to vice president of academic affairs at Louisiana Tech, having completed seven years of service as the university vice-president under President F. Jay Taylor.

University president[edit]

On February 20, 1987, Reneau was selected to succeed the retiring Taylor as the 13th president of the institution and assumed the office on July 1 of that year.

In recent years Reneau has struggled with state-mandated cutbacks in higher education:

Louisiana Tech is now a state-assisted university rather than a state-supported university, and that is sad. Not only have we had to do away with programs like the school's dairy and beef herds , but we've had to shift the load to the students in the form of higher fees and tuition.[2]

Despite the funding problems, the institution has nevertheless received high rankings from national organizations. It is one of only two public institutions in Louisiana on the 2012 U.S. News and World Report ranking of Best Colleges. Louisiana Tech ranks in the Top 10 nationally for students with the least amount of debt. Louisiana Tech freshman have consistently had the highest American College Testing scores, and the school has the best graduation rates in the University of Louisiana System, even for a university with a football team. The publication Kiplinger rates the university as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.[2]

Reneau was succeeded by Leslie K. Guice, a Tech vice-president, whose appointment was confirmed on December 4, 2012, by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors in a special meeting in Baton Rouge. Guice took the helm on July 1, 2013.[3]

Honors[edit]

  • Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (1989)
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (2001)
  • National Federation of the Blind Newel Perry Award (2002)
  • Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus (2003)


Personal life[edit]

Reneau's wife, the former Linda Digby is a native of Bernice in Union Parish, where the couple has established a weekend retreat with a main house and two cabins. They have two children, Dana Reneau Shaw of Baton Rouge, who is married to Jim Shaw of The Shaw Group, and Dr. John Reneau of Las Vegas, Nevada, a physician specializing in physical therapy.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Alpha Eta Mu Beta - HOME
  2. ^ a b c Charles Tannehill, "Reneau ushers La Tech to national recognition", The Piney Woods Journal, June 2012, p. 10
  3. ^ "Sarah Eddington, "Guice reflects on first days as Louisiana Tech president"". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
Preceded by
F. Jay Taylor
President of Louisiana Tech University

Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr.
1987–2013

Succeeded by
Leslie K. Guice