Dan Troxell, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan Troxell became Leander ISD's superintendent of schools Aug. 29, 2016. Before coming to LISD, Troxell served as superintendent of Kerrville ISD for 14 years. During his tenure in KISD, Troxell provided the service leadership that led to significant improvements in academic programs, the completion of numerous building programs, and sound fiscal management. Troxell was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards in 2008.

As a district, KISD was one of 24 Texas school systems, out of more than 1,200, to earn the distinction designation for postsecondary readiness. KISD is also one of ten districts that has earned the post-secondary designation for two consecutive years, as well winning many other state and national accolades.

Prior to his tenure in KISD, Troxell served as an assistant superintendent in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, in suburban Houston. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts with honors, and subsequently a Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Troxell earned a master’s degree in education from Texas State University in San Marcos. He began his career in education as a middle school teacher, later serving as a middle and high school assistant principal, and as a high school principal.

Troxell was named the 2006 Region 20 Advocate of the Gifted, and in 1997, he was named the Dallas Morning News reader-selected Best Principal. During his career, he has taught courses in school finance as an adjunct professor and as a part-time professor at Schreiner University, Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston.

Troxell serves on the Texas Association of School Administrators Legislative Committee, the UIL Legislative Council, which he chaired in 2013-2014, and the Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund Board. Troxell is also active in local organizations and serves on the board for the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation.

Troxell and his wife, Shelley, have two sons.

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Current Superintendent Column
Financial Leadership LISD

Week of: May 15, 2017

For years, Leander ISD has hosted a monthly Leadership LISD class to provide community members with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the many programs and innerworkings of our district. Due to the popularity of the program, and as a part of our Board of Trustee’s emphasis on transparency, we launched another class last year, Financial Leadership LISD, to provide an in-depth look at how our district spends taxpayer funds.

More than 30 community members, selected by application to ensure all segments of LISD are represented, took part in this year’s class. They met monthly between October and April for a 90-minute “lunch-and-learn,” a presentation and discussion with LISD experts about topics like human resources and staffing; the budgeting process; what it takes to open a new school; bonds and debt; and how we handle purchasing and contracts for a school system with 38,000 students and 5,000 employees.

Class members remarked that one of their favorite activities was touring LISD’s warehouse, where we inventory, store and distribute the massive volume of materials needed to run a school year-to-year — desks, kitchen supplies, athletic equipment, front office furniture, lightbulbs, music stands, toilet paper, etc.

While the class ended in April, Financial Leadership LISD alumni will have the opportunity to continue on to the 2017-18 class starting again this fall to learn about additional financial aspects within our school district. Roughly one-third of our most recent class members opted to participate again after completing the first year’s program.

It is our goal that by providing this kind of long-term continuing education opportunity, we are preparing participants in the same way we do our students, to leave well-equipped to use their knowledge in any number of endeavors. Financial Leadership graduates can take their “deep-dive” learning on to enrich their school’s PTA, serve on district-level committees or share their expertise with other boards and associations in our community.

Once again, I am so grateful to work and live in an area with such invested parents, community members and staff, eager to learn and participate in our school system. For many other school districts in our state, operational knowledge stays segregated from its stakeholders for lack of interest either on the district or community’s part. It is no secret that we — our schools, our neighborhoods, or economy, our children — thrive when supported by a system that shares knowledge, communication and priorities.

I would also like to thank our business partners who have made the program available at no cost to participants. Their contributions have provided lunch for the class each month, making it easier for members to take time away from their busy work and personal schedules to learn with us.

To learn more about the program, please click on the Financial Transparency button on the left side of our homepage and click on the Financial Leadership LISD link.