Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To Texas School Safety Center Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Craig Bessent, Kerri Ranney, and Alan Trevino and reappointed Andrew Kim to the Texas School Safety Center Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2020. Additionally, the Governor appointed Terry Deaver and Edwin Flores, Ph.D. and reappointed Dan Gilliam and Jill Tate for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The board reports to the Governor, the legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Texas Education Agency regarding school safety and security, and advises the center on its function, budget, and strategic planning initiatives.

Craig Bessent of Abilene is the assistant superintendent with Wylie Independent School District in charge of school operations, school safety, and security. He is a Texas School Marshal and a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Pupil Transportation, and Combined Law Enforcement of Texas. Additionally, he volunteers as a board member of Abilene Crime Stoppers, View Caps Water District, and Abilene Emergency Operations. Bessent received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from Texas Tech University and a school superintendent certification form Abilene Christian University.

Kerri Ranney of Georgetown is vice president of educational practice at Huckabee. She is a registered architect and member of the Texas Society of Architects, American Institute of Architects, and the Association for Learning Environments. Ranney received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.

Alan Trevino of Burnet is owner and president of Sentry Security & Investigations, L.P., and is a licensed master peace officer, with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators and served as president of the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas. He was also appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Private Security Board, where he served as vice chairman. He is also a member of the Public Safety Commission's Private Security Advisory Committee. Trevino is honorably retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he was second in command and detail leader for Governor George W. Bush’s detail.

Andrew Kim of New Braunfels is the superintendent of schools at Comal Independent School District. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Fast Schools Growth Coalition. Additionally, he is a member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board and the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club. Kim received a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and a Master of Education in Education Administration from The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, and he is a graduate of the superintendent program at UT Arlington.

Terry Deaver of Silsbee is an elementary school principal with Silsbee Independent School District, with over 30 years of experience in the field of education. She is member of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Deaver received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Administration and Educational Diagnostician certification from Lamar University.