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TCC ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD OF NORFOLK CAMPUS
Alex Kajstura comes from Daytona Beach Community College
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (August 2006) - Tidewater Community College announces the appointment of Alex J. Kajstura as provost for the college’s Norfolk Campus, effective Aug. 1. TCC’s Norfolk Campus, opened in 1997, enrolls more than 8,000 students.
Kajstura comes to Norfolk from Daytona Beach Community College in Florida, where he served for eight years, first as district-wide dean of the School of Business and Technologies and, most recently, as provost of the college’s two largest branch campuses. His expertise is in the areas of academic programs and facilities development, innovative program delivery and technology in education, including online programs.
A lifelong educator who has served in five community colleges in three states, Kajstura has a reputation for facilitating partnerships with K-12 school districts and with public and private universities. He has successfully applied for several million dollars of federal and state grants for his institutions. Under his leadership, the Florida Information Technology Education Center was created and funded by a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.
“Dr. Kajstura brings to the college a proven record of sound executive judgment and leadership, a demonstrated capacity and willingness to be a hands-on manager, and a comprehensive understanding of the community college environment,” says TCC President Deborah DiCroce.
“Indeed, Dr. Kajstura’s experience and expertise make him ideally suited to take the Norfolk Campus to the next level and, in so doing, contribute to advancing the larger vision of the college.”
Kajstura is known for taking an active role in the communities in which he resides and works. In Florida, he has served on the boards of directors of the Greater DeLand Chamber of Commerce and the DeLand YMCA. He has also served on the boards of the Advisory Council of the Area Center for Educational Enhancement at Florida Atlantic University and the Daytona Beach Business Incubator. He is a member of Rotary Club International, the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the Post-Doctoral Academy of Higher Education. He has served on many statewide and local committees in Florida, including as regional director for the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) and chair of the Workforce Solutions Education Commission for FACC.
The new TCC provost holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Silesian University in Poland, a master’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University in Texas, a master’s degree in science in organic chemistry from Texas Tech University, and a doctorate in higher education from Southern Illinois University.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC
ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the
college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,