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
Recognizing our ‘All-Star’ School Board

Week of: Jan. 9, 2017

Each January, we join communities across the state of Texas to thank those who have volunteered to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. School Board Appreciation Month allows us an opportunity to recognize these public servants for their dedication and willingness to work for the best interest of our rising generation.

While we and each of our campuses make a special effort this month to show appreciation to our Board members, we realize their many contributions represent a year-round commitment. Each member of our LISD Board of Trustees is voted into office through a public election and serves a three-year term. As these positions are unpaid, Board members voluntarily donate their time and expertise to serve our district. Even through my short time working with these men and women, it has been easy to see that their service is fueled by a desire to serve our schoolchildren, to give them every resource and opportunity to succeed, to strengthen our schools and fortify our district. Our Board members are parents of current and past LISD students, leaders in our community, local business owners and PTA members, each of whom brings a unique background to the table that helps ensure all our stakeholders’ voices are represented. Regardless of their diversity, however, they are united in their motivation to see the students of LISD reach their fullest potential.

This year’s School Board Appreciation Month theme, as selected by the Texas Association of School Boards, is “All-Star Team.” Truly, ours is a Board full of all-stars, each of whom has dedicated him- or herself to the enormous task of governing our large and growing district. I am sure many of you would be shocked to learn how much time and energy these men and women pour into their service. Every week they spend hours and hours—often early in the morning and late at night—attending district events; reading and preparing materials for Board meetings; representing LISD at community meetings; researching new developments in school funding and testing; combing through lengthy data reports about our students; testifying to the Legislature on our district’s behalf and so forth. And all of this is done in addition to their normal work and family obligations. Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices that require copious amounts of consideration and deliberation. They take seriously the responsibility afforded them to provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates for our district, teachers, parents and schoolchildren. 

With the 85th Legislative Session now underway, with LISD continuing to grow as a district of choice, with our staff and leadership regularly seeking out the newest and best practices in education, with the many other opportunities facing our district, we have our work cut out for us. I am confident that with the tireless work, selflessness and vision of our Board of Trustees, we will stay rooted on our upward trajectory. The guidance and governance they provide us, their commitment to standing up for our schoolchildren and their firm guard against anything that undermines our public schools is one of our greatest assets.

Please join me in expressing our debt of gratitude to our Board members: President Will Streit; Vice President Pamela Waggoner; Secretary Grace S. Barber-Jordan, M.Ed.; Trish Bode; Don Hisle; Aaron Johnson; and Jim McKay. You can personally thank the entire Board by email at or contact your local campus to ask how you can help with their appreciation efforts.