Dr. Martin was named President of the Ellis County Campuses for Navarro College in November 2011. Prior to serving in this position, he served as Dean of Counseling, Assistant to the President, Vice President of Student Services, and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
With more than three decades of academic experience in academic administration, quality improvement, technology oversight, business operations, public and private partnerships, workforce initiatives, and student services, Dr. Martin has played pivotal roles in the growth of Navarro College. He was instrumental in the successful initiative of Texas A&M – Commerce, Tarleton State University, University of North Texas, and Navarro College partnership which has provided opportunities for more than 1,000 students to earn a 4-year degree.
Dr. Martin earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with a Texas Teacher Certification, a M.S. in Personal Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M Commerce, and an Ed.D. in Community College Education, Baylor School of Scholars from Baylor University.
He is responsible for the direction and management of all Ellis County campus operations which include enrollment, admissions, instructional functions, personnel, academic counseling, early admission, and the Dual Credit programs for Ellis County public school system. Development and implementation of the campuses budgets, public relations, and fundraising throughout Ellis County are also essential duties.
Dr. Martin has an open door policy and is always seeking positive ways to impact the lives of our leaders of tomorrow.
Phone number: 972.923.6435
Alex J. Kajstura currently serves as the Dean of Midlothian Campus at Navarro College. During his career in higher education, spanning over three decades, he has been a champion of students, faculty and staff, in his relentless effort to pursue creation of the best possible teaching, learning and working environment that engages students on campus and supports student success agenda.
Prior to Navarro College, Alex Kajstura was the campus president of Northwest Campus of the Pima College District, Provost of the Norfolk Campus of Tidewater Community College, served for eight years at Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State College) in Florida, first as district-wide Dean of the School of Business and Technologies and later as Provost of the college’s two largest branch campuses. He also served as the Division Chair and later Associate Dean at Palm Beach Community College (now Palm Beach State College) from 1995 – 1998; and as Division Director at Texas State Technical College from 1992 – 1995. He started his career in community colleges as an adjunct instructor at John A. Logan College from 1985 – 1988, and taught chemistry and physics full-time at Northeast Texas Community College from 1988 – 1992.
His expertise is in the areas of academic programs and facilities development, innovative program delivery, federal and state grants, technology in education and online programs. His background reflects his strengths in planning, student success efforts, and commitment to diversity. A lifelong educator who has served in six community colleges in four states, Kajstura created and facilitated partnerships with K-12 school districts and with universities.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Silesian University in Poland, Alex Kajstura received M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Texas Tech University in 1985, M.B.A. from LeTourneau University in 1995, and Ph.D. in higher education from Southern Illinois University in 1989.
Kajstura has been very active in communities where he lived. In Arizona, he served on Boards of Directors of Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. He also served on Education Committee for Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and participated in Hispanic Leadership Institute. While in Virginia, he served on the following Boards of Directors: Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Lead Hampton Roads, Future of Hampton Roads, Downtown Norfolk Council, Norfolk Educational Foundation and Norfolk Sister Cities Association. He has been involved in fundraising for MDA and AHA.
Phone number: (972) 775-7250