Anna Wasescha has served as president of Middlesex Community College since June of 2011. Previously she was 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.
Wasescha grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota as a junior in college. Following graduation from undergraduate school at the University of Minnesota, she worked at Hamline University for a dozen years. For the next dozen or so years, while completing her doctoral degree, she volunteered her time organizing community gardens, served on nonprofit boards, and work part-time in higher education. In 2004, she returned to work full-time and has served as a dean in an online graduate school, a provost at a community college in Minnesota, and now as president of a community college in Connecticut.
Serving as the president of Middlesex Community College has allowed Wasescha to continue being actively engaged with the community through board service and volunteerism. Community colleges are an expression of core values that have inspired Wasescha throughout her career: equality of opportunity, social justice, and education as the foundation of a vibrant democracy.
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 senior program associate in the Sustainability Collaborative at George Washington University. As a family, they are committed to citizen participation, environmentalism, world travel, local food, and lively conversations about politics and the arts.