Monday General Session
Maria Hesse serves as Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships at Arizona State University (ASU), helping to create and sustain productive relationships with community colleges and other institutions, on behalf of students who wish to complete their baccalaureate degrees. She has been at ASU since July 2009.
Prior to that, Hesse served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges in the Phoenix metropolitan area. She was with the Maricopa Community Colleges for more than 25 years working for Mesa Community College, South Mountain Community College, the District Support Services Center, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Within the Maricopa colleges, she gained experience as a manager, faculty member, accreditation coordinator, chief student affairs officer, and chief academic officer, before serving as President for seven years.
Hesse holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Arizona State University. She has Master and Doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. She has served as a consultant to other colleges from Florida to California on transfer pathways, service learning, learning communities, and accreditation.
Hesse is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of Positive Paths, Dignity Health East Valley Hospitals, and Arizona Women in Higher Education.