ALI Leaders

Robert Muller

Director, Administrative Leadership Institute

Robert Muller is currently serving as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department. He comes to the University from Killeen ISD where he served as superintendent since 2008. Dr. Muller began his career as a biology teacher. Since then he has held positions that have included teacher, coach, high school principal, and central office administrator. He also served as Associate Commissioner and Chief of Staff for the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Muller currently serves on the Board for the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit that seeks to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military connected children.

Beverly Irby

Co-Director, Administrative Leadership Institute

Dr. Beverly J. Irby is Professor and Chair, Educational Administration Programs, and Associate Department Head, Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, College Station. She is also the Co-Director of Center for Research in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA) and is Co-Principal Investigator for a $16,500,000 I3 US Department of Education grant.  Dr. Irby is the editor of Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, and senior editor of Advancing Women in Leadership. Dr. Irby has managed numerous grants related to curriculum development, research, and leadership related to English learners. Her expertise is in the area of instructional leadership. She is the author of The Synergistic Leadership Theory, the first leadership theory published in the 21st Century. She is a former Regents' Professor of the Texas State University System and has served as a principal, superintendent, special education director, and teacher in the public schools. At the university level, she has served as a Student Teaching Director, Chair, and Associate Dean. She serves on three national organization boards and a national advisory board for turnaround schools in the Northeastern United States which was commissioned by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Mario Torres

Co-Director, Administrative Leadership Institute

Dr. Mario Torres is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development. His primary emphasis area is public school administration and he specializes in education law and policy. He earned his doctorate in educational administration from The Pennsylvania State University before joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in 2003.  Dr. Torres also serves as a summer faculty member for Teachers College, Columbia University.