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Blinn names Mel Waxler executive vice president and general counsel

Austin ISD chief of staff/general counsel brings 30 years of executive experience

October 23, 2015

Mel WaxlerBlinn College has hired a 30-year veteran of public and legislative affairs, law, communications and community engagement to serve as executive vice president and general counsel.

Mel Waxler comes to Blinn from the Austin Independent School District, where he has served as chief of staff/general counsel since 2012. Prior to that, he served 13 years as the district’s general counsel.

“Mel brings a broad range of experience and he will be a welcome addition to Blinn College,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, district president/CEO. “His facilitative and collaborative leadership style will strengthen our partnerships with legislators and the community and provide a strong voice on behalf of our students.”

As executive vice president and general counsel, Waxler will serve as Blinn’s liaison to strengthen relationships with state, local and federal governmental agencies. In addition to serving as the College’s general counsel, he will oversee resource and grant development; campus police and emergency management; institutional effectiveness; marketing and communications; board policies, agendas and elections; campuses; community outreach and governmental affairs.

“It is my honor to join an institution with a storied history, enduring record of accomplishments, well-documented student success and a well-respected and learned faculty and staff,” Waxler said.

Waxler earned his Masters of Education and his Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.

As chief of staff at Austin ISD, Waxler managed the superintendent’s office and was responsible for management of the district’s legislative agenda, policy development and compliance and its legal services operations. He supervised the Communications and Community Engagement Department and coordinated the work of the district’s chief officers, including budget and finance, procurement, facilities and human capital.

Previously, Waxler served as founder and principal of MpoWer, CEO at Wright and Greenhill, P.C., and legal counsel for the Texas Railroad Commission.