Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.
President, Northern Virginia Community College
Anne M. Kress is the sixth president of Northern Virginia Community College, also known as NOVA, a role she began in January 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, having served as a tenured English professor, department chair, associate vice president, provost, and president at community colleges in Florida, New York and now, Virginia. Kress focuses on the role NOVA plays in providing meaningful access to equity in educational and economic opportunity for the full diversity of our region.
Kress recently co-chaired the Virginia Community College System’s new six-year Opportunity 2027 Strategic Plan Task Force, which commits the system’s 23 colleges to achieving equity in student outcomes. She serves on the board of the American Association of Community Colleges; the executive committee of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity; Jobs for the Future’s Policy Trust and Community College Workforce Consortium; the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Postsecondary Leadership Circle; and she is a member of Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success. Kress is also on the boards of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area, and Generation Hope. She serves on Connected DMV’s Regional Economic Development Strategies Steering Committee and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Kress is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and has been named to the Virginia Business Journal Virginia 500.
Kress earned two bachelor’s degrees, in finance and English; a master’s degree in English; and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, all from the University of Florida. She has been honored by her alma mater and organizations including Phi Theta Kappa, the New York State Senate, YWCA, the American Association of University Women, and the Rochester Women’s Council. She has been recognized by both the Washington Business Journal and Rochester Business Journal. Kress is married to Ned Davis, and they have two children in college.