BRYAN, Texas - The Bryan Independent School District will have two new principals taking the reins for the next school year.

Bryan High School Assistant Principal Justin Smith will take over at Sam Rayburn while Susan Finch comes to the district from Lindale to take over at Houston Elementary. Both were unanimously approved for their new roles by the Bryan ISD Board of Regents.

Smith is no stranger to Bryan ISD. He has been an assistant principal at Bryan High School since 2007. He has also been a teacher/coach at Rockwall-Leath High School in Rockwall ISD (2005-2007) and a teacher at Travis Middle School in Temple ISD.

“We have been blessed with strong applicant pools for the principal positions in Bryan ISD,” said Superintendent Tommy Wallis in a statement. “Justin Smith is a proven leader who is known for engaging hearts and minds on his campuses. He has an in-depth focus on academics and data, which leads to an efficient, engaging and disciplined environment. We are extremely proud to give him the opportunity to lead Sam Rayburn¬≠."

Smith will oversee the school in its current grade 6-8 configuration and will partner with other administrators to lead the transition of Sam Rayburn to an intermediate campus (grades 5-6) in the Fall of 2017.

Susan Finch comes to Bryan from Lindale ISD, where she served as principal (2014-2016) and assistant principal (2007-2014). She was awarded the Region 7 Assistant Principal of the Year award in 2014. Prior to serving in administrative roles, Finch was a high school English teacher.

“We are also fortunate to have a high quality principal like Susan Finch accept the principal’s post at Houston Elementary," Superintendent Wallace said. "She has held assistant principal and principal roles in Lindale ISD, and I’m pleased that her thoughtful, experienced and strong leadership skills will serve the children of Houston Elementary in the years ahead.”

Finch will assume the principal’s position at Sam Houston upon the retirement of Holly Havemann at the end of the school year.