Anne Kress


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. Her focus is on the role NOVA plays in providing meaningful access to educational and economic opportunity; connecting students to transformational, high quality academic experiences; building innovative industry and community partnerships; and increasing philanthropic support of student success.

She 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.

Kress serves on the Boards of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Consortium of the Universities of the Washington Metro Area. She is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force, and the Economic Club of Washington, DC. Kress is an appointee to the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland Global Campus’s Community College Policy and Administration program and serves as an elected Board member of the American Association of Community Colleges and on advisory committees for the Aspen Institute, the American Council on Education, and the Association of Community College Trustees.