Texas’ next higher education commissioner will be Harrison Keller, a high-level administrator at the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of recent initiatives designed to improve college readiness and student outcomes. He will assume the post Oct 1.

The appointment was announced Wednesday after a unanimous vote of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Keller will succeed Raymund Paredes, who announced in January that he would step down after more than a dozen years in the state’s top higher education job.

Keller is a clinical professor of public policy practice at UT-Austin and serves as a deputy to the president, responsible for strategy and policy.

His professional biography highlights his policy efforts to boost students’ success — particularly students coming from low-income backgrounds

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