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
Dean of Academic Services
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
Assistant Dean of Student Services and Administration
Dr. John Howe has served as Assistant Dean of Student Services & Operations of the Waxahachie campus since September 2011. Prior to serving in this position, his career included a variety of faculty and administrative roles in educational settings domestically and abroad. Through a diversity of experiences, he has taught English in Taiwan, instructed and advised female Emirati students in the United Arab Emirates, and assisted in creating culturally relevant student affairs practices for academic institutions in India and Afghanistan.
Dr. Howe earned a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Angelo State University, a M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University. His research interests center around student success initiatives, higher education history, and international-comparative education.
Dr. Howe’s door is always open and he welcomes feedback and ideas from the Navarro College community on how student life on the Waxahachie campus might be improved.
Phone number: (972) 923-6421
Phone number: (972) 923-6475
Mrs. Kristin Walker has served as the Assistant Dean of Continuing Education & Protective Services since October 2013. She was previously a Director of Continuing Education & Protective Services 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 and PSYC 2301 in the past, and continues to teach POFT 1301 on the Waxahachie Campus.
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, Emergency Medical Services education, and community college completion rates.
Mrs. Walker’s door is always open and welcomes feedback from the local community and industry partners about how Navarro College can best serve them.
Phone number: (972) 923-6440