Anna Wasescha became the sixth president of Middlesex Community College in June of 2011. Previously she had been the provost at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls. In her career in higher education, she has worked in both student and academic affairs, in two and four-year institutions, and in both the public and private sectors.
President Wasescha grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota as a junior in college. Most of her life, she has lived within a short distance from the Mississippi River. It is a happy coincidence for a lover of rivers that her office in Founders Hall provides a panoramic view of the Connecticut River Valley and the double arches of the Arrigoni Bridge.
Community colleges are an expression of core values that have inspired Wasescha throughout her career: equality of opportunity, social justice, and education as liberation. Working on behalf of students to offer the very best college experience possible, right here at Middlesex Community College, is an opportunity for her to live these values to the fullest.
Wasescha has an undergraduate degree in English Literature, a master’s degree in higher education, and a doctoral degree in educational policy and administration, all from the University of Minnesota. Her husband is a professor emeritus in East Asian History at Hamline University in St. Paul. Her daughter is a graduate student in resource economics at the University of British Columbia. As a family, they are committed to citizen participation, environmental activism, world travel, local food, and lively conversations about politics and the arts.