Research Foundation Board Member Dr. Anne M. Kress


Dr. Anne Kress

As Monroe Community College’s fifth president, Anne M. Kress, PhD leads a nationally-recognized, multi-campus college that enrolls more than 37,000 students.

Dr. Kress has more than 20 years' experience as an educator and administrator in higher education. Prior to her presidential appointment in 2009, she was the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. She has also written or co-authored a number of publications, including a rhetoric and composition textbook.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Dr. Kress earned a doctoral degree 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.

Within the community, Dr. Kress is a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance, the United Way of Greater Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise. She is also a member of M&T Bank’s Directors Advisory Council – Rochester Division and recently served on the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council. 

Nationally, she serves on the board of the League for Innovation in the Community College; the American Council on Education; the American Association of Community Colleges; the Education Testing Service; the Sustainable Education and Economic Development taskforce; and the Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group.

In 2011, Dr. Kress was named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate.

Within higher education, she has special interests in topics relating to student access and success, global education, workforce development, technology, and the intersection between traditional liberal education and essential 21st century learning outcomes.

Dr. Kress and her husband Ned have two very active children, Harper and Penn.

Dr. Kress serves on the Nominating Committee.