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College Deans: Leslie K. Guice

1894-1901: Professor Herget
1901-1903: Harry Gwinner
1903-1907: R.W. Selvidge
1907-1910: William B. Hamilton
1910-1918: Frank Bogard
1918-1923: W. L. Mitchell
1923-1937: Frank Bogard
1937-1938: J. T. Folk
1938-1940: E. C. Barrett
1940-1942: Roy T. Sessums
1942-1945: Harley J. Nethken
1945-1952: Roy T. Sessums
1952-1976: Ben Bogard
1976-1982: Jack Thigpen
1982-1987: C. Ray Wimberly
1987-1988: R. Michael Harnett
1988-1998: Barry Benedict
1998-2004: Leslie K. Guice
2004-2013: Stanley A. Napper

Dr. Leslie K. Guice is originally from Monroe, Louisiana, and was born on December 23, 1954. He lived in Monroe until moving to Bastrop, Louisiana, in 1964 where he attended school from elementary through high school, graduating from Bastrop High in May of 1972. After high school graduation, Guice enrolled at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art and Architecture, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture in the spring of 1976. While at Tech, Guice was involved in the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). Soon after earning his undergraduate degree in Architecture, Guice enrolled in the graduate school at Louisiana Tech in the College of Engineering. Guice studied civil engineering from June 1976 until May 1978, when he earned his Master of Science degree in civil engineering. His Master’s Thesis was titled, “A Pre- and Postprocessor for Interactive Communication with ICES/STRUDL” and was performed primarily under professor Jack T. Painter, the committee chairman.

Guice’s thesis involved optimization of computer-aided design through the development of programs to aid both data input and interpretation of results from computer analysis. This work was important because at the time, computers did not have the simple and easy to use graphical user interfaces that are a staple of modern computers. Data input was tedious with much room for error, and results from computer programs could be just as tedious unless care was taken in the sequencing in data input. Preprocessor programs were devised to generate specific geometries, check data input, generate boundary conditions, and automatically generate loads and meshes. Postprocessors provide the originally defined problem, complete force diagrams and descriptions, deformed models, and added member selection capabilities. ICES/STRUDL (or Integrated Civil Engineering System STRUctural Design Language) is the name of the analysis program used in his research. Through the Pre- and Postprocessors designed by Guice, an 80-90 percent reduction in labor was noted in data preparation and input.

After receiving his Master of Science degree in civil engineering, Guice went on to enroll in the graduate school at Texas A&M University. At TAMU, he earned his Ph.D. degree in 1986 after publishing his dissertation titled, “Effects of Edge Restraint on Slab Behavior.” His dissertation work, under chairman Edward J. Rhomberg, was performed in conjunction with a Federal Emergency Management Agency program to design and build blast shelters. In these blast shelters, the roof slab was the point of concern, because damage would occur to the roof before any other portion of the shelter. Different support systems were tested under a variety of conditions to investigate mechanisms of failure of the slab.

Dr. Guice began working at Louisiana Tech in 1978 as an assistant professor in civil engineering. In 1989, Guice became the head of the department of civil engineering where he has been a part of many changes in the Tech engineering curriculum and organizational structure including merging the School of Sciences the College of Engineering, examining the needs of students for “non-major” classes, and integration of the different engineering disciplines. In July of 1998, Dr. Guice was named the interim dean for the College of Engineering and Science while candidates were interviewed for the position. After several candidates were interviewed, Dr. Les Guice was chosen by the faculty committee and appointed Dean of the College of Engineering and Science on March 1, 1999.

Dr. Guice served the College until 2004, when he was appointed Vice President for Research and Development at Louisiana Tech. He maintained this position until 2013, when he took over as President of the University.