BELTON — Robert Muller, a former superintendent of the Killeen school district, will be joining the Belton Independent School District as a new deputy superintendent this summer.
Superintendent Susan Kincannon recommended Muller to the BISD Board of Trustees and the board voted to accept her recommendation last week. Muller, who currently teaches in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, will join the district’s staff after he finishes his spring semester classes.
Kincannon said that Muller was the most experienced candidate to apply for the position.
“He was hands down the top candidate,” she said. “We had about 50 applications for the position and Dr. Muller comes to us with over 25 years of experience in educational administration.”
Muller has lived in the Bell County area in the past, having served as superintendent in the Killeen Independent School District.
Muller began his lengthy career as a biology teacher in Oklahoma. Over the years, he served a number of positions in districts across Texas and Oklahoma before entering Killeen ISD as an executive director in 2003. He served as the KISD superintendent from 2009 until he resigned in 2014.
“He’s done it all,” Kincannon said. “He’s been a campus principal; he’s been ... an assistant superintendent and a superintendent.”
Muller was replaced by current KISD Superintendent John Craft.
At the BISD board meeting Muller expressed his appreciation to the district for offering him the position, and board president Randy Pittenger thanked him for joining the BISD team.
“I think this is going to be a great experience,” Muller said. “I love Texas A&M but the opportunity to return to public education was something I could not refuse. I’m a public educator at heart.”
Kincannon said she got to know Muller’s skills as an administrator first hand when he worked in Killeen.
“He is highly respected in this area,” she said.
Muller told the school board that he has fond memories of being in Bell County as well.
“I also appreciate the opportunity to come back to Central Texas,” he said. “I think Belton ISD is a school district of choice.”
Muller is replacing Merl Brandon, who was appointed superintendent of Stanton Independent School District last month.
“I’m looking forward to having (Muller) on my team,” Kincannon said. “I know he’s looking forward to coming back.”