TISD's deputy superintendent leaving district

Cecil McDaniel

A reorganization at Tyler ISD's administrative office is likely after the departure of the deputy superintendent.

Cecil McDaniel, who has held the district's second-highest post since 2007, submitted his resignation Thursday.

McDaniel accepted a position as the chief administrative officer with Keller ISD and will begin July 29.

Keller is where Randy Reid, TISD's former superintendent, is superintendent. Reid left TISD in August 2012.

TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said he plans to make organizational changes in the future to better align with his leadership style. This could mean moving away from the deputy superintendent model.

Mooring said the decisions will come after he talks with board members and staff and receives their input. The district is closed next week so it would be after that, he said.

McDaniel served as Reid's right-hand man during his time in TISD. The two worked together in Richardson ISD before their time here, and McDaniel said they have known each other for about 17 years.

"It's a great opportunity; it's a growing district," McDaniel said of his new position. "We're going to be faced with just the challenges of growing and … (I) wanted to be a part of that. When it was presented before me, it sounded like an exciting opportunity."

McDaniel said he hadn't applied for any positions or put his resume out when this opportunity popped up. He said Reid contacted him about the position earlier this month, so he applied. He interviewed about a week ago and got the offer this week.

"This has been really quick and not really anticipated, quite frankly," he said.

McDaniel said he is grateful for the opportunity to work in TISD the past six years and has learned a lot from the experience.

"Serving in the role that I did in Tyler as deputy superintendent has been one of the greatest blessings of my professional career," he said. "It's been (a) rigorous and challenging experience, but it's been extremely meaningful."

TISD Superintendent Mooring praised McDaniel for his work and congratulated him on the opportunity.

"We just appreciate all he did for Tyler and I enjoyed working with Cecil …" Mooring said. "He's (a) very talented man and I'm glad that he got the position he wanted in his career at this time."

McDaniel oversaw much of the district's operations before Reid's departure in August 2012 with all of the top-level administrators reporting directly to him and him reporting to the superintendent.

When Mooring came to the district, he changed that slightly by having the executive director of human resources and the communications director report directly to him. The rest of the top-level administrators reported to McDaniel, who reported to Mooring.

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