The Rochester Business Alliance Women’s Council presented its 27th annual Athena Award to Monroe Community College President Anne M. Kress.
A selection committee of local leaders commissioned by the Women’s Council chose Kress from 15 finalists based on her significant professional achievements, community service endeavors and leadership in the advancement of other professional women.
As Monroe Community College’s fifth president, Kress leads a nationally recognized, multi-campus college that enrolls more than 37,000 students each year. Since beginning at MCC in 2009, she has elevated the college’s role in several key areas including readiness for college, college completion, workforce development, diversity, and sustainability to better serve the needs of students and the community.
“Dr. Kress has been instrumental in securing more than $32 million in grants that benefit the greater Rochester community,” MCC board of trustees Chair Kenneth G. Goode said in his nomination.
Under Kress’s leadership, MCC also established the Division of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services to help employers find and develop qualified employees and to help job seekers prepare for meaningful careers.
Other initiatives launched during Kress’ tenure include more meaningful collaborations with area school districts in strengthening the K-12 pipeline and improving college completion rates.
A native of Milwaukee, Kress, in 2011, was named a member of the Regional Economic Development Council by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. She is also a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the United Way of Greater Rochester.