NOVA selected Dr. Anne M. Kress as the College’s next president. Dr. Kress has 30 years of community college experience, spanning from her time at Florida’s Santa Fe Community College to her most recent position as president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.
“I am honored, humbled, and excited to have been selected. NOVA has always been bold and innovative: a national leader that consistently sets the bar for excellence and then surpasses it,” said Dr. Kress. “During my visit, it was immediately 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 in a region that values both their success and the outstanding institution that makes this opportunity a reality. I am truly grateful for the chance to be part of such a dynamic and diverse academic community, and I look forward to working with all of NOVA, the Board, partners in Northern Virginia, and the VCCS in service of this important and vital mission.”
Dr. Kress is also serving a second term on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and she is a member of the Presidents’ Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She earned two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and a doctorate from the University of Florida.
NOVA prioritized several key areas when searching for its sixth permanent president; including strategic leadership, championing of student access and success, diversity advocacy, promotion of community partnerships, and effective communication. Dr. Kress will begin her NOVA presidency in early 2020.
“From the initial stages of this process, NOVA placed a premium on successful leadership experience and Anne Kress offers that and more,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Throughout her 30-year career, she has seen the way a community college works at practically every level and her external experience, through various national organizations, demonstrates that she is prepared to lead an institution as large, diverse, and dynamic as NOVA.”
The College sought to choose a skilled strategist able to envision, propose, and implement change with a proven record of engaging the College, community, and other external partners in improving student access and success.
“Dr. Kress’s leadership and commitment to student success align perfectly with NOVA’s strategic priorities,” said Rick Pearson, chair of the Northern Virginia Community College Local Board. “Her dedication and experience cultivating community partnerships will prove invaluable at addressing the workforce challenges facing our region. This makes her the perfect fit for NOVA. We’re grateful for the selection process that attracted so many talented community college leaders, for its transparency, and the opportunities it gave our faculty, staff, students, and community members to participate.”