The Killeen Independent School District is losing a superintendent who many called a talented educator, visionary leader and man of great integrity.
The school board accepted Superintendent Robert Muller’s resignation Tuesday during its regular workshop.
“It’s hard,” said Muller, of his resignation, effective Aug. 31. “There’s really a strong team in place here in Killeen ISD, and I feel like it’s a good time for me to maybe leave here and go into higher education.”
Muller’s contract was slated to expire June 30, 2017.
He is leaving his position and $245,000 annual salary as the district’s top educator to join Texas A&M University in College Station as a clinical associate professor in the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Department.
Muller said his new job will allow him to contribute to the education of aspiring and practicing school administrators.
Board President Shelley Wells said the board accepted the resignation with “a heavy heart and deep appreciation for his many years of dedicated service to Killeen ISD.”
“Dr. Muller’s selfless service these last seven years has made a lasting impact on Killeen ISD students and staff, our community and our state,” Wells said. “Killeen ISD students grew and thrived under his leadership because of the many opportunities he created to help them become successful, productive citizens.”
Muller joined the district in 2003 as an administrator.
He was later promoted to assistant superintendent and has served as the district’s superintendent since October 2008.
Before his hiring by Killeen ISD, Muller served as chief of staff for the Texas Education Agency and as superintendent of the Van Alstyne Independent School District.
Muller said he’s leaving the district with the belief that it’s well-positioned for the future.
“Financially, the district is on solid footing. The instructional program is strong and focused on achieving gains for all students,” Muller said. “It’s been great. There have been so many things to look back on. It’s a great staff. We have some of the finest teachers I’ve ever seen anywhere.”
As the district moves forward in its search for a new superintendent, Wells said it’s in good hands.
“Dr. Muller has assembled a highly qualified and gifted staff,” she said.