UT's Harrison Keller Selected as New Commissioner


Photo courtesy of LBJ School of Public Affairs

Harrison Keller, former deputy of strategy and policy at the University of Texas, will be the next commissioner for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Keller has consistently been involved in education policy and was voted unanimously into this position which will start October 1. 


Upon the new appointment, Keller said, “As a sixth-generation Texan, a son of public school educators, and someone who has spent my career working at the intersections of educational policy, practice and innovation, I believe that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve our state,”


Here are a few of Keller's career highlights:

  • Founded the OnRamps program, which provides college-level courses to thousands of high school students.

  • Founded state-chartered Texas OnCourse initiative to improve college and career advising.

  • Clinical professor at UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs.

  • Served as research director and senior education policy adviser for  Rep. Tom Craddick during his tenure as Texas House speaker.

  • Served as the vice provost for higher education policy and research.

  • Served as executive director of an educational innovation office and of a teaching and learning center.

  • Served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer

  • Received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Holds a master's and a doctoral degree from Georgetown University.

To read more about Keller's new appointment, click here for the Dallas Morning News article and here for the Texas Tribune article.


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