Dan Reneau
Dan  Reneau

08/04/2015

Donna Thomas and her Loyal Blue Family

by Kane McGuire

Dan Reneau became the 88th member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in January of 2015.

"During his tenure as president, Dr. Reneau led one of the most transformative periods in the history of Louisiana Tech Athletics," said Louisiana Tech President Les Guice. "His vision and leadership helped position Louisiana Tech to compete nationally while also providing our student-athletes with a first-rate education and college experience. The growth and success that our athletics programs have enjoyed over the past few years are rooted in the decisions that Dr. Reneau made on their behalf. I congratulate him on his induction into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame and thank him for all he has done to elevate our programs and our student-athletes."

Dr. Reneau's many accomplishments at Louisiana Tech began with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1963. He also earned a master's degree from Tech in chemical engineering in 1964, followed by a doctorate from Clemson University in 1966. Dr. Reneau returned to Louisiana Tech in 1967 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering and quickly distinguished himself as a scholar and researcher.

On February 20, 1987, the Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities selected Dr. Reneau as the 13th President of Louisiana Tech University. He is the longest tenured president in the history of Louisiana Tech, having served from 1987 to 2013.

Under his leadership, Louisiana Tech achieved the University of Louisiana System's highest graduation rate, highest retention rate, highest average freshman ACT score, and fastest time-to-completion rate for first-time baccalaureates as well as achieving record graduate enrollment and doctoral graduates. Louisiana Tech also earned its first Tier One National University ranking by U.S. News & World Report and was twice ranked in the nation's top ten for graduating students with the least amount of debt.

"Although I didn't have the privilege of serving during Dr. Reneau's tenure at Louisiana Tech, I understand and appreciate the commitment that his administration made towards the athletics department," said Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland. "It's vital to the success of any athletic department that the university president be as supportive as their resources allow. So many great things were accomplished in Tech Athletics during Dr. Reneau's time leading the University. This is a very deserving honor."

During Reneau's presidency, the University made the move from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA) to the Football Bowl Subdivision leading to more national exposure for the Bulldog football program. Tech also continued to make strides on the conference level, joining the American South (1987-1991), Sun Belt (1991-2001), Western Athletic (2001-2013) and ultimately Conference USA (July 1, 2013).

On the playing fields, Louisiana Tech teams won 68 conference titles (regular season/tournament) and made 42 postseason appearances, while the Lady Techster basketball team won the 1988 NCAA national title. Hundreds of Louisiana Tech student-athletes won state, conference, regional and national honors both athletically and academically.

The Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame started in 1984 when the inaugural class of Joe Aillet, Terry Bradshaw, Atley Donald, Garland Gregory, Pam Kelly, Maxie Lambright and Jackie Moreland was inducted.

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