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Louisiana Tech's outgoing president reflects on past 50 years

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On his second to last day as president of Louisiana Tech, Dr. Dan Reneau looked out over campus and remembered fond memories Thursday.

"The thing that I'm probably the most proud of is the emergence of Louisiana Tech as a Tier 1 university in the academic area, and the successes that it's had in Division 1 athletics," he said.

Reneau knows those achievements could not be possible without eager to learn students and a hard working faculty and staff.

"People at Louisiana Tech care," he said. "They care about the student. They care about them today, tomorrow and forever. It's a compliment to this institution itself and its culture."

But with like any other leadership roles, the job of university president was not always an easy one.

"Probably the most difficult thing that I've had to deal with was the budget for the last five or six years where it's been decreasing," said Reneau. "If you would've told me what we'd go through what we've been through for five year and remain as intact has we are and even achieve, I'd say there's no way possible. But when the pressure's on you find the way to do it."

After Friday, Reneau has no more pressure on him and he looks forward to it.

"I imagine Monday morning I'll wake up and think, 'Gee, I don't have to get out of bed if I don't want to?' I've never been paid to do nothing!" he laughed.

Reneau will get to enjoy retirement with his wife and children, but he will never forget his Louisiana Tech family.

"Times change. And it's time for that. Linda and I are looking forward to the next phase."

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