Vice President for Student Success
Debi Gaitan, Northwest Vista College Vice President for Student Success, has more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education in the area of student services that includes admission, advising, student life and development, disability services, counseling, veteran's affairs and judicial affairs. She has worked at Northwest Vista College (NVC) since 1998 in various positions that included the Associate Director of Admissions and Records, Director of Student Life, Director of Advising, Dean of Student Success and Vice President for Student Success.
Ms. Gaitan is a dedicated advocate for community college students and works diligently to partner in their educational success. She has made it her life work to promote higher education and to provide the best environment for students to flourish and discover their passion for learning. During her years at NVC, college enrollment surged from 200 students to over 17,000. She has helped develop the college's culture of student focus, respect, collaboration and joy. As a result, NVC ranks among the best community colleges to include the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) in 2007, special recognition by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for best practices in Leadership and Customer Focus (2012), and the 2015 BestColleges.com NVC number two ranking in Texas among community colleges for enrollment, retention, graduation, and the success of graduates. Ms. Gaitan was also instrumental in spearheading the college's reaffirmation of accreditation efforts with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on colleges.
Prior to joining Northwest Vista College, Ms. Gaitan worked for two non-profit educational organizations in San Antonio where she helped young men and women overcome educational barriers. She began her work in higher education at Our Lady of the Lake University where she served as a recruiter, advisor and associate director. Ms. Gaitan attended St. Philip's College, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Our Lady of the Lake University. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in human sciences. She is also the recipient of several awards and recognitions to include All American First Team athlete, Excellence in Teaching, and Trusted Leader Award.
In her spare time, you can find her cheering on the San Antonio Spurs with her husband of more than 30 years and their three children, who all have degrees from Northwest Vista College.