President of Ellis County Campuses
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
Vice President of Ellis County Campuses
Alex J. Kajstura currently serves as the Vice President of Ellis County Campuses at Navarro College serving Midlothian and Waxahachie Campuses. 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
Mrs. Terry Gibson has served as the Dean of Academic Services at the Waxahachie campus since August 2011. She began her career at Navarro College in Corsicana 1989 serving first as the Tutorial Coordinator and later as the Special Populations Coordinator. She moved to the Waxahachie campus in 1994, spending many years as an Academic Advisor before becoming Assistant Dean in 2006.
She received her B.A. in Sociology from The Colorado College and then her M.S. in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. She is deeply interested in providing growth opportunities for students and providing the highest quality education possible. She has played an integral part in the phenomenal growth of the Ellis County campuses. Mrs. Gibson looks forward to visiting with both current and prospective students, faculty, and staff about reaching their educational and/or employment goals. She also welcomes feedback from the local community and school districts about how Navarro College can best serve them.
Phone number: 972.923.6406
Mrs. Kristin Walker has served as the Dean of Student Services since May 2015. She was previously the Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education for the district since May 2008. Beginning her career with Navarro College in June 2002, she served as the Director of Tech Prep and later as the Director of the Career Center. Mrs. Walker has taught ORIN 1100, PSYC 2301, and POFT 1301 in the past.
She received her Associate in General Education from Navarro College, B.S. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and then her M.Ed in Student Affairs Administration from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Walker is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership with Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her research interests centers around accreditation and community college completion rates.
Mrs. Walker is passionate about student success and serving the needs of students, the community, and partners of the College. Mrs. Walker’s door is always open and welcomes you to come by for a visit.
Phone number: 972.923.6421
Dean of Continuing & Workforce Education
Ms. Darla Littrel has served as Dean for Workforce and Continuing Education at the Waxahachie campus since May 2015. She began her career at Navarro College in Corsicana in 2005 serving as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and later as the Director for the Carl Perkins Career Center managing a federal grant.
She received her B.A.A.S. in Business from Texas A&M Commerce, her M.S. in Management from Texas A&M Commerce, and Ed.S in Higher Education Leadership from Liberty University. Ms. Littrel is pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Liberty University.
Ms. Littrel is passionate about serving students in Workforce and Continuing Education, Dual Credit partnerships within the college’s service area, and participating in local community events.
Phone number: 972.923.6440