Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.President, Northern Virginia Community College
Anne M. Kress is the sixth president of Northern Virginia Community College, a role she began in January 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, having served as a tenured faculty member in English, department chair, associate vice president, provost, and president at community colleges in Florida, New York, and now, Virginia. She is excited to have joined NOVA and looks forward to working with partners across the region to continue Northern Virginia’s economic growth and impact. At NOVA, Kress will focus on the role the college plays in providing meaningful access to educational and economic opportunity; connecting students to transformational, high quality programs; ensuring equity in student outcomes; building innovative industry and community partnerships; and increasing philanthropic support of student success.
Within higher education, Kress 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; the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland Global Campus’s Community College Policy and Administration program; is a member of Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success; and serves on work groups affiliated with the American Council of Education, Association of Community College Trustees, and Opportunity America. She is also the co-chair of the Virginia Community College System’s new strategic plan task force and was tapped by the system to co-chair the VCCS Return to Fall Task Force. Since moving to the Northern Virginia region in January 2020, Kress has been elected to the boards of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Technology Council; appointed to the Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force; selected for Leadership Greater Washington; and named to the Virginia Business Journal Top 500.
Kress balances a commitment to liberal arts and workforce education with dedication to college affordability and student support. Kress was a member of the Higher Education Group of 50, a task force convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to develop policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act, and co-chaired the 64-campus State University of New York’s Student Food Insecurity Task Force. She is immediate past-chair of the Community College Humanities Council and has also collaborated on two separate research studies related to the impact of Industry 4.0 on community colleges: Aspen Institute/Harvard and Community College Research Center/MIT. She has been an invited member of sponsored study tours of the German and Swiss apprenticeship systems.
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, Phi Theta Kappa, the New York State Senate, YWCA, American Association of University Women, the Rochester Women’s Council, the Rochester Business Journal, among others. Kress is married to Ned Davis, and they have two teenage children.