Kerrville superintendent chosen to lead LISD

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Troxell named lone finalist for position
Courtesy Leander ISD

Leander ISD trustees name Kerrville ISD’s Dan Troxell as the lone finalist for the superintendent position.

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“Dr. Troxell brings experience leading student success through a focus on academic achievement and whole-student development,” Leander ISD Board President Will Streit said. “Dr. Troxell also knows that community engagement is key to a district’s growth and success, and he will build on our strong ties with students, teachers and parents.”

State law requires a 21- day waiting period before the board can offer Troxell a contract, but Troxell said he wants to start as close to the first day of the new school year as possible.

“I look forward to the next 21 days concluding,” Troxell said. “I want them to conclude so I can come aboard as part of the school district


52-year-old Troxell has led the 5,000-student Kerrville school district for the past 14 years. Leander ISD, a 37,000-student district, is more than seven times the size of his current district. Although the size between the two is quite different, Troxell has held positions at much larger districts. He was previously Cypress-Fairbanks’ assistant superintendent. He has also worked in the Round Rock and Allen school districts. He was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards in 2008.

“We believe that Dr. Troxell will continue to propel LISD forward though our culture of focusing on student learning,” Streit said.

Troxell is replacing former Superintendent Bret Champion, who announced his resignation in late April after being selected to lead the Klein school district in Harris County. Champion became superintendent at Leander ISD in 2008 and was part of LISD for 22 years.

Since Troxell will not get a contract for a few weeks, it is unclear how much he will earn. However, Champion’s base salary was approximately $244,000.

Troxell earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in education from Texas State University and a Ph.D. also from University of Texas. He has a wife, Shelley, and two sons.

“We’re going to be very service-oriented,” Troxell said of himself and his family. “You will see us around in tremendous ways throughout the school year. I’m looking forward to starting that process.”