Governor Moore Attends Inauguration of Frederick Community College President Dr. Annesa Payne Cheek

Governor Wes Moore delivered remarks yesterday at the inauguration of Dr. Annesa Payne Cheek, who was inaugurated as the 11th president of Frederick Community College. 
“Dr. Cheek is an inspiration and one of the most influential leaders in the community college movement,” said Gov. Moore. “She is a champion for our students and our educators with a vision that is not only welcome, but necessary. This inauguration isn’t just about the promises we make – it’s about the promises we see. The promise of tomorrow. The fulfillment of a hope. The potential we can unleash because of this new leader in this new moment.”
Frederick Community College is a public college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college is distinguished by its quality and affordability, making it attainable and valuable for local students. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made Frederick Community College the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957.
Dr. Cheek previously served for four years as president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College in Minnesota and more than 12 years in various leadership positions at Sinclair Community College in Ohio. Governor Moore also recently appointed Dr. Cheek to serve as the community college representative on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. Recognizing the benefits of the “village” who aided her success, Dr. Cheek harnesses the power of the interconnectedness and responsibility of college resources to create the right conditions for both employee and student success. 
“It was both a pleasure and an honor to have Governor Moore in attendance for the Investiture Ceremony,” said President of Frederick Community College Dr. Annesa Payne Cheek. “We are grateful for his support and recognition of the significant role of community colleges in providing individuals the critical access needed for educational and career opportunities that lead to their equitable participation in our society, our economy, and our democracy.”

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