By Tyronda James
An experienced educator, administrator, and advocate for educational access and attainment to reinforce the college’s position as a community asset, as stated in a press release.
DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna, Ph.D. has been appointed as Monroe Community College’s 6th president, effective May 21. and will be the first person of color to serve as president. Burt-Nanna succeeds Interim President Katherine P. Douglas, Ed.D., who joined the college after Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.’s in Feb. 2020 will assist with the leadership transition.
“Monroe Community College is a beacon of educational excellence and opportunity that is nationally known for its commitment to student success, innovation, and its significant impact on Rochester, Monroe County, and the Finger Lakes Region,” said Burt-Nanna.
“I am honored to be selected as MCC’s next president and will work with MCC faculty, staff, and stakeholders to extend MCC’s legacy of educational excellence, innovation, and strong community partnerships. I thank Chairman Tisch, Chancellor Malatras, and the MCC Board of Trustees for placing their trust in me.”
Currently, she is vice president of student and academic affairs for South Central College in Minnesota and brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having served in faculty and administrator roles.
“On behalf of the entire SUNY community, we are pleased to have Dr. Burt-Nanna take the helm of Monroe College Community—an integral part of the Greater Rochester area that will be central in training the workforce of today and tomorrow as we begin to turn the page on COVID,” said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras.
“With her student-centric focus, her advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as her keen business sense from both her academic and industry experience, Dr. Burt-Nanna will bring MCC to new heights. I congratulate her and look forward to a long and productive partnership.”
MCC Board Chair Barbara P. Lovenheim, Ph.D. said they are proud to welcome Burt-Nanna, who shares the college’s values and will work to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. “She will guide our efforts to develop a strategic plan that will ensure access to higher education for future students while reinforcing the college’s position as a vital, valuable, and impactful community, regional, and national asset,” she said.
Burt-Nanna holds doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees, from Western Michigan University. She has more than two decades of higher education leadership experience contributing to the success of educational institutions in Michigan and Minnesota. She has served in various capacities in the college and university system, including roles as faculty, department chair, dean, system department coordinator, and most recently as vice president and senior academic and student affairs officer.
She also held various positions in business and industry and is said to be “a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, educational access and attainment, philanthropy, and workforce development at local, state, and national levels,” according to press.
Burt-Nanna is an Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow and a 2019 graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. Her exemplary leadership has been pivotal to advancing key campus and system strategic priorities for student success, implementing operational efficiencies, and facilitating organizational culture change.
“I feel a sense of belonging and purpose to the mission and the values of the institution and its opportunities, as well as its challenges,” said Burt-Nanna.
“This is a tremendous opportunity and a great day for all of us.”