Anne Kress

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It could be more than a year before a new president is in place at Monroe Community College, and the search for Anne Kress' successor may put the already tense relationship between faculty and college leadership to the test.

After a decade leading MCC, Kress is leaving to become president of Northern Virginia Community College.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress has been selected as president of Northern Virginia Community College.

In a statement on the college's website, Kress called it "a genuine privilege to serve as MCC’s president over the past decade."


Monroe Community College President Anne Kress is a finalist to lead Northern Virginia Community College.

According to the news release on that college’s website, Kress is one of three finalists. Northern Virginia Community College enrolls more than 75,000 at its six campuses and is the largest institution of higher education in Virginia.

Kress has been president at MCC since 2009, and she is also co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

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The union representing hundreds of professors, adjuncts, and non-teaching professionals at Monroe Community College has reached a tentative agreement with the college on a two-year contract.

Union members have been working without a contract since last August.  They're scheduled to vote on the tentative deal March 25.

MCC Faculty Association President Bethany Gizzi is happy about the pending agreement, but  says a settled contract only resolves a portion of the ongoing concerns faculty members have about college President Anne Kress.

Empire State Development

Members of a local group that helps determine how state aid is distributed among various economic development projects got to make their case Friday before some state officials.

Representatives of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council made the presentation at the Brighton campus of Monroe Community College.

Co-Chair of the council, Bob Duffy, who also heads up the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, says that a number of projects on their wish list involve the agriculture and food processing industry.

A ceremonial launch of construction Tuesday morning at one the four former Kodak buildings that will become MCC's new downtown campus.

Speakers shared praise for those who battled to place the college at Kodak, and expressed anticipation for future MCC students who will use the place.

"We all believe in downtown. And most importantly, we all believe in the potential of the students who will enter these doors beginning in the fall of 2017, said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks."

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the 2010 graduation rate for community colleges in New York as less than 20%.  That's even after those who took three years to earn a diploma were factored in.  At Monroe Community College, only about 11% of students earn diplomas after two years of study.  That climbs to 24% after three years.  MCC President Anne Kress talked about this, as well as the upcoming school year, during this week's Need to Know Rochester.