Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.


Northern Virginia Community College

President of Northern Virginia Community College, an institution serving almost 80,000 students across six campuses, Dr. Anne M. Kress focuses on fulfilling the college’s promise that every student succeeds, every program achieves, and every community prospers.

She serves on the boards of the American Council on Education, Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity, Generation Hope, Capital Area Food Bank, Northern Virginia Chamber, Northern Virginia Technology Council, GO Virginia-Region 7, and Consortium of the Universities of the Washington Metro Area. In addition, she is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Connected DMV Congress, and the Economic Club of DC. Kress has testified before Congress on community colleges and workforce development and served as a negotiator on federal higher education regulations.

She has been named to the Virginia Business 500 and Washington Business Journal Power 100, been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a “Woman Who Means Business,” and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington. Kress has been honored by the Virginia Community College System, Phi Theta Kappa, American Association of University Women, and her alma mater, the University of Florida, among others.

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. Prior to moving into academic administration, she was a Professor of English. Kress has also taught graduate courses in higher education administration and serves on a program advisory board for the University of Maryland Global Campus.

She is married to Ned Davis, and they have two children in college.