College and University Leadership Celebrate Success of Viking Islander Program

Fri Feb 15, 2019

“Our priority is ensuring students succeed,” said Beth Lewis, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at Del Mar College. “The Viking Islander Program provides participants with quality education and resources while they earn credits at both Del Mar and the university, making this collaboration a winning combination of access and support that impacts individuals seeking their degrees here in the Coastal Bend.”

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, Clarenda Phillips, Ph.D., added, “We are very excited about this partnership with Del Mar College. It creates opportunities for more students from our region to complete a college education, and it is a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together and focus on the needs of students.”

Although VIP students take the majority of their classes at Del Mar for the first two semesters, A&M-Corpus Christi serves as the “parent institution” and provides financial aid based on the cost to attend both schools.

For more information about the program, visit the university’s website at

View highlights of remarks from both institutional presidents/CEOs Dr. Kelly Quintanilla and Dr. Mark Escamilla by clicking on the video clip below: