Anne Kress


Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Anne M. Kress is President of Northern Virginia Community College, an institution serving over 70,000 students across six campuses with a mission of providing equitable access to affordable and exceptional higher education. She serves on the boards of national and community organizations, including the American Council on Education, the Capital Area Food Bank, and the Northern Virginia Chamber, among others. Drawing from three decades of higher education experience, she has testified before Congress on community colleges and served as a negotiator on federal higher education regulations. Kress has been named to the Virginia Business 500 and Washington Business Journal Power 100 and been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a “Woman Who Means Business.” She has been honored by the Virginia Community College System, Phi Theta Kappa, the 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.