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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

December 2018

Yebra to become first director of new TDCJ Training Division

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New TDCJ Training Division Director David Yebra during one of his three tours of duty in Iraq.

Leadership is not just a key element of David Yebra’s background, it might as well be a part of his DNA, which is what makes him such a fantastic choice to not just lead but to build the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s newest division, effective January 1, 2019.

Most recently, Yebra has served Texans as the Director of Emergency Management at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where his responsibilities included emergency preparedness for the university, and facilitating the High Potential Leadership Academy and other law enforcement leadership development programs.

Lieutenant Colonel Yebra served in the United States Army for more than 23 years, including three tours in Iraq, before retiring in 2013. At West Point, he served as a company tactical officer and operations officer for the Corps of Cadets. In 2009 he became the professor of military science for the ROTC program at Sam Houston State University and served as a guest instructor for incoming military science faculty. Over the last decade, Yebra has lectured on leadership development topics at universities, conventions, and before professional organizations all over the country and the world.

Lieutenant Colonel David Yebra, U.S. Army (retired), assumes leadership of TDCJ’s new Training Division effective January 1.

At the December meeting of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier commended the selection, saying “As you can tell from his background, he brings a wealth of solid education and experience to this agency and is going to serve us extremely well as the director of our new training division.”

TBCJ Vice-Chairman Terrell McCombs thanked Yerba for his service and added, “You probably already realize that you’re joining what is widely considered one of the best criminal justice systems in the nation, perhaps the best. This agency takes great pride in that and, with your leadership and training, we will continue being the very best. We have a culture of excellence and I know that you have a culture of excellence, from your dedicated service to our nation.”

Yebra received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a master’s degree in leadership development from Long Island University.