Lakeland, Florida -- Ousted USF Polytechnic chancellor Marshall Goodman did not make the finalist list for the top post at Louisiana Tech University.
Goodman was one of eight candidates interviewed last week for the university president's job.
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During a meeting of the Louisiana Tech presidential search committee Friday afternoon in Baton Rouge, the pool of applicants was reduced to two: Les Guice, executive vice president and vice president for research and development at Louisiana Tech, and Duane C. Hrncir, acting president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
"The committee felt Dr. Guice and Dr. Hrncir had the strongest applications for this position with both demonstrating progressive campus leadership," said search chairman and University of Louisiana System Board Chairman Wayne Parker.
Interviews will take place Nov. 28-29 on the Ruston campus.
Nine candidates initially applied for the position, but one of them withdrew after taking a position elsewhere, bringing the pool down to eight.
Friday's meeting began with a run-through of each candidate before the committee entered an executive session to discuss personnel matters pertaining to the search. When the meeting reconvened, the committee announced they had chosen Guice and Hrncir as the two semifinalists.
Whoever is chosen will be taking the place of longtime president Dan Reneau, who announced in September that he will retire as the university's 13th president at the end of June after 26 years in the position.
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SOURCE: The Monroe (La.) News-Star