Dan Reneau

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Daniel Dugan Reneau
President of
Louisiana Tech University
In office
July 1, 1987 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by F. Jay Taylor
Succeeded by Les Guice
Interim President of the
University of Louisiana System
Assumed office
December 2015
Preceded by Sandra Woodley
Personal details
Born (1940-06-11) June 11, 1940 (age 78)
Woodville, Wilkinson County
Mississippi, USA
Political party Democrat[1]
Spouse(s) Linda Digby Reneau
Children John Reneau
Dana Reneau Shaw
Residence Ruston, Lincoln Parish
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University (1963, 1964)
Clemson University (Ph.D., 1966)
Profession University President

Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr. (born June 11, 1940) is the former president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, a position which he filled from July 1, 1987, until his retirement effective June 30, 2013. He was succeeded by Dr. Les Guice.


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.[2]

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. He had served already for seven years 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[when?] 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.[3]

Despite the funding problems, the institution has received high academic 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 debt. Louisiana Tech freshmen 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".[3]

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.[4]

In December 2015, Reneau was appointed interim president of the University of Louisiana System. He will succeed temporarily Sandra Woodley, who announced her resignation the preceding month.[5]


  • 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 married Linda Digby, a native of Bernice in Union Parish. The couple has a weekend retreat there with a main house and two cabins. They have two grown children, Dana Reneau Bernhard of Baton Rouge, who is married to Jim Bernhard of The Shaw Group, and Dr. John Reneau of Las Vegas, Nevada, a physician specializing in physical therapy.[3]


  1. ^ "Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr". voterportal.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Alpha Eta Mu Beta - HOME
  3. ^ a b c Charles Tannehill, "Reneau ushers La Tech to national recognition", The Piney Woods Journal, June 2012, p. 10
  4. ^ "Sarah Eddington, "Guice reflects on first days as Louisiana Tech president"". Monroe News-Star. Archived from the original on July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reneau named interim head of UL System". The Monroe News-Star. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 

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Preceded by
F. Jay Taylor
President of Louisiana Tech University

Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr.

Succeeded by
Leslie K. Guice
Preceded by
Sandra Woodley
President of the University of Louisiana System

Daniel Dugan Reneau, Jr.

Succeeded by
Interim incumbent