Executive Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bryan Collier was appointed executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in August 2016. In his current role, he oversees the operations of one of the largest adult criminal justice systems in the country, for which he is responsible for the confinement and care of approximately 146,000 people convicted of felony offenses, the supervision of roughly 490,000 people on probation or parole, and the management of nearly 37,000 employees statewide. Collier began his career in adult corrections more than three decades ago, having joined the TDCJ in 1985 as a clerk. Since then, he has held a wide variety of positions with the agency, including correctional officer, parole officer, unit supervisor, program administrator, section director, parole division director, and deputy executive director. He is an active member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and the American Correctional Association (ACA) and serves as an ex-officio member of the Texas Department of Information Resources board. He sits on numerous committees for the ACA, including the Awards Committee, the Board of Governors, the Congress Program Planning Committee, and the Standards Committee. Collier formerly served as chair of the ACA Adult Corrections Committee, is a past member of the ACA Delegate Assembly, and a past member and president of the Texas Corrections Association (TCA). He has been recognized as one of the ACA’s “best in the business” and received the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor award from the TCA in 2013. He has a BS in criminology and corrections from Sam Houston State University.