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
Great People Shape Leander ISD

Week of: Sept. 19, 2016

It has been a pleasure for me to have met so many incredible people during my first few weeks in Leander ISD.

My campus visits have been wonderful opportunities to meet with principals. While on our campuses, in every classroom it is evident to me that our principals have created positive school climates and cultures. They work hard to put student learning at the forefront of all of their decisions. I love seeing how our principals make it a priority to get to know their students; how they make time to speak to every student they see in the hallways; how they engage with students in their learning activities.

Our teachers demonstrate the same level of commitment as our principals do. I have seen how district teachers at every level are committed to challenging students and nurturing higher-level thinking skills. For example, while visiting the LISD middle schools last week, I was thrilled to see students in our Gateway classes working on project-based learning activities that involved helicopters and convection ovens. It is clear to me that our teachers are knowledgeable of their subject matter and care deeply about our students’ learning and understanding. Like their campus principals, our teachers know it is all about the kids. They make the time to get to know their students personally.

It has also been a joy for me to meet so many talented students on my campus tours. I am so impressed by how much they know about their schools and programs. I enjoyed students showing me around their schools and talking about the wonderful things their classmates were doing, and I was struck that students have so much pride in the successes of their peers. This shared sense of accomplishment has created a strong sense of community within our schools. You do not find this everywhere, and it is one of the things that makes LISD so unique and special.

I have had the opportunity to meet several community leaders who have demonstrated strong support for our schools, including local elected officials, representatives from about 30 faith-based organizations, and the Leadership Leander ISD Class of 2017. I have also been in contact with the offices of our State representatives. As I attend school and community events, I look forward to meeting more engaged community members.

I met many other wonderful people at the dedication of Glenn High School, Saturday, September 17. It was wonderful seeing Mr. Tom Glenn, whom I’ve been acquainted with for a number of years, and his family and meeting so many Glenn HS students, parents, staff members, community members and former LISD employees. It was wonderful to see the community come together to honor all that Mr. Glenn did for LISD during his 28-year tenure and tour this beautiful campus. The dedication was a celebration of the people who make up that wonderful school community – its namesake Tom Glenn, Principal Arturo Lomeli, Glenn HS students, staff members, parents and others. It was a great day!

We are blessed to be a part of a district where principals, teachers, students, parents and community members join our commitment to lead all students to a bright future.