By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen Independent School District Superintendent Robert Muller was selected as Superintendent of the Year by the Region 12 Education Service Center Thursday.

"I am truly humbled to receive this award as I know there are many deserving superintendents in Central Texas," said Muller in a statement. "I look forward to representing Central Texas and sharing the exceptional work our board and staff have achieved throughout the state."

The center credited Muller, who was hired as the district's superintendant in 2009 after serving as deputy superintendent since 2003, with helping the district improve its rating from academically acceptable to recognized, and taking the lead in implementing important initiatives like one of its college readiness programs.

The center also lauded Muller's work with KISD's staff to help reduce the district's budget by $3.6 million for the 2011-12 school year budget.

"We are thrilled to recognize an outstanding education leader," said Jerry Maze, the center's executive director. "(Muller) is truly a visionary whose commitment to leading and supporting staff and students is evident through the district's continuous improvement and success."

The release also stated Muller will be the Region 12 nominee for the statewide superintendent of the year award, which is presented by the Texas Association of School Boards. The winner for the statewide award will be announced in September.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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