Dr. Leslie Guice, a Bastrop native, was recently approved through a unanimous vote of members of the Louisiana Tech Presidential search committee as the fourteenth president of Louisiana Tech University.
Guice's relationship with La Tech is a lengthy one, spanning about forty years, where during his time there he earned many titles through his expertise and ambitious aspirations. However, before all his success, Guice began his education earning his high school diploma from Bastrop High.
When inquired as to what he will do first as La Tech's president, Guice responded, "The most important thing for me to do initially is to visit with faculty, staff, students and the community to get their thoughts about what we can and should do. Fortunately, President Reneau has provided great leadership and developed a great institution of national prominence that is impacting the entire region. It is essential that we continue to advance the institution to even higher prominence."
Guice grew up in Bastrop involved in the community spending much of his time visiting with fellow church members. Guice's father once pastored Bonita Road Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church and concluded his ministry Mount Zion Baptist Church. His mother helped his father in the ministry by playing the piano and singing.
Gary Guice, his brother, followed closely in his father's footsteps and is the current music minister at Bonita Road Baptist Church.
"We were all very close," he said. "I really enjoyed my time in Bastrop High with so many great friends. I was on the football team and our team did pretty well fro junior high on. Many of those team members were my closest friends."