The Killeen Independent School District said goodbye to Superintendent Robert Muller on Friday evening with a ceremony full of laughter and well wishes at the KISD Career Center
A line stretched out the door as hundreds of community members clamored to bid Muller farewell.
Noted attendees included retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker, State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, and leaders of area nonprofit organizations.
The expansive atrium of the Career Center served as the perfect spot for the event, Interim Superintendent John Craft said, noting that Muller was instrumental in having the facility constructed.
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 superintendent since March 2009.
Muller’s three daughters, two of whom will have graduated from Harker Heights High School by the end of this year, stood alongside their father as he received accolades from guests, including local NAACP chapter President TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, Fort Hood representative Ron Perry and Central Texas College Chancellor Tom Klincar. Board of Trustees President Terry Delano called Muller’s leaving “bittersweet,” noting it was a time of excitement for him and his family but also sadness for the district to lose a great leader.
“But a great leader always has great leaders around them,” Delano said. “Dr. Muller has assembled a great team … and left the district in a better state than he found it.”
Craft gave Muller a Killeen ISD coin and shared a few anecdotes from their time at the district’s central office.
“He continuously demonstrates patience, empathy and integrity,” Craft said of his mentor and friend.
Aycock presented Muller with a flag recently flown over the state Capitol, echoing Craft’s comments on his integrity.
“It’s an honor to have served as Killeen ISD superintendent of schools. … It’s been an incredible experience, both personally and professionally,” Muller said. He thanked the board, which hired him, as well as the current board members, who are “always with kids and the staff in mind.” Effective Aug. 31, Muller will move on to serve as a clinical associate professor in the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Department at Texas A&M University in College Station.