Appointment of new General Counsel July 8 2014

July 8, 2014

Dear TWU community,

I am delighted to share with you that Texas Woman’s University has appointed its second general counsel in 35 years. 

After an extensive nine-month search, Destinee N. Waiters has been selected as the new Associate Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel. She is the former Acting General Counsel and Associate General Counsel for the Houston Community College (HCC) System which has approximately 6,000 employees and 60,000 students located on 27 campuses. Her work at HCC has included general legal advising and counseling services, employee and manager-focused training, policy drafting and advising, litigation management, and public information response management.

Ms. Waiters led successful negotiations with various federal and state regulatory agencies resulting in system wide process improvements and compliance. She helped spearhead the growth in the system’s Business Contiguity Plan and also helped advance several significant diversity policies within HCC, including its Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Ms. Waiters has been an Employment Law panelist for the National Hispanic Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Waiters has served on the Board of Best Buddies of Texas, the Houston Bar Association’s Lawyers against waste committee and the Houston Young Lawyers Association’s R U Safe Committee. She also is a member and volunteer for the National Association of Community College and University Attorneys.

Ms. Waiters graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio and received her law degree with Honors from the Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University. She is a CrossFit enthusiast and an avid runner, completing 12 half-marathons and 1 full marathon since 2008. She is a PM Pal’s volunteer for special needs children at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, and a Coach Mentor for the Houston Fit Running, Special Fit Program.

Ms. Waiters is very excited to start a new life in Denton, and bring an effective compliance program and tailored legal services to the University. I know you all will join me in welcoming Destinee into the TWU community when she arrives on campus August 1.

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor/President
Texas Woman’s University