Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bryan Collier has over 37 years of adult correctional experience and became the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) on August 1, 2016. In his current role, he oversees the operations of one of the largest adult criminal justice systems in the country; responsible for the confinement and care of over 122,000 felony inmates, the supervision of roughly 283,000 more inmates on probation or parole and the management of approximately 32,000 employees statewide.
Bryan joined the TDCJ in 1985 as a Clerk and has held a wide variety of positions to include Correctional Officer, Parole Officer, Section Director, Parole Division Director, and Deputy Executive Director. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University.
Bryan is an active member of the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA), the American Correctional Association (ACA), and serves on the Board of the 4th Purpose Foundation. He was chosen by the CLA Board to serve as the CLA Southern Regional Chairman and is the Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee. Bryan was elected to serve on the ACA Board of Governors and sits on numerous committees for the ACA to include the Standards Committee and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Bryan formerly served as president of the Texas Corrections Association (TCA) and served on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. He has been recognized as one of ACA’s “Best in the Business”, received the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor award from the TCA, and was the recipient of the 2022 CLA Michael Francke award.