Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.President, Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Anne M. Kress is the sixth president of Northern Virginia Community College and started her tenure on January 6, 2020. She has more than 30 years of experience in community college teaching, administration, leadership, and community and business partnership development.
She began her career in 1989 as a faculty member at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. She went on to serve as an associate professor; a department chair; the Title III project director; an associate vice president; and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Most recently, she served for ten years as the president of Monroe Community College, the third largest community college in the State University of New York System (SUNY). Under her leadership, Monroe Community College launched a nationally recognized economic and workforce development center that has attracted over $20M in funding. She also established a comprehensive suite of student support services to address food, housing, transportation, and childcare needs.
Dr. Kress holds a doctorate in higher education administration, master's and bachelor's degrees in English, and a bachelor's degree with honors in finance from the University of Florida.
"I'm honored, humbled, and excited to serve as the president of NOVA," said Dr. Kress. "It's clear that NOVA's talented faculty and staff are the heart that gives life to the college's mission. Every day, thanks to their work, amazing and inspiring students find their pathway to the American Dream. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and diverse academic community."