Earlier this week the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved former principal Dr. Brian Merrell for the new executive director of school leadership position.

Merrell, who served as principal of Waller High School for the last nine years, will be responsible for the primary role of supervising and supporting campus administrators and staff in Bryan ISD and will report directly to the superintendent.

The position is part of a restructuring process launched by Superintendent Christie Whitbeck. Previously titled Executive Director of Human Resources and Administration, Merrell’s new post focuses solely on campus administration.

Before his time at Waller High School, Merrell served as a principal at two middle schools in Waller ISD and as an assistant principal at Cypress Fairbanks ISD. His career in education started as a classroom teacher at Cypress Falls High School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD.

Merrell , who earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration, a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University, said he he is happy to return to the Bryan area and is eager to work with the students, parents and staff.

Merrell and his wife Crista have seven children and one grandson. Crista Merrell serves as the global women’s pastor at the Bayou City Fellowship.