Rochester, N.Y. – Jan. 24, 2013 -- Monroe Community College President Anne M. Kress (Brighton, N.Y.) has been named the recipient of this year’s Athena Award given by the Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance. Kress was selected from 15 finalists based on her significant professional achievements, community service endeavors and leadership in the advancement of other professional women.
As MCC’s fifth president, Kress leads a nationally recognized, multi-campus college that enrolls more than 37,000 students each year. Since beginning her tenure at MCC in 2009, she has elevated the college’s role in several key areas—college readiness and completion, economic development, diversity and sustainability—to better serve the needs of students and the community.
New initiatives launched under her leadership include an enhanced Honors Institute, which provides the most academically prepared students with a comprehensive program of study that includes undergraduate research, and more meaningful collaborations with area school districts in strengthening the K-12 pipeline and improving college completion rates. To that end, MCC has partnered with the Rochester City School District to begin an Early College High School, giving students a jump-start on college. Additionally, MCC plays a leading role in creating the Community Center for Teaching Excellence, designed to support innovative reform projects that hold promise as models in postsecondary education.
Another of her major initiatives is the Division of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services, which develops entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to proactively respond to economic development and workforce training needs. The new division helps employers find and develop qualified employees and puts job seekers on paths towards meaningful careers.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., 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, all from the University of Florida.
Kress is a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives; the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development; and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues.
She also serves as a member of a State University of New York Innovation Team focused on advancing the “Seamless Education Pipeline” initiative in SUNY’s strategic plan. In 2011, Kress was named a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Locally, she is involved as a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the United Way of Greater Rochester.
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The internationally recognized Athena awards program honors outstanding professional women who have achieved exceptional levels of business accomplishment, community involvement and mentoring other women. Honorees over the past years have included a diverse group of women leaders who have made an extraordinary difference in the Rochester community.