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Maria Hesse

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Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships
Administrative, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 2108
Biography

Maria Hesse serves as Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships, 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, Dr. Hesse served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Dr. Hesse began her professional career at the Judson School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she served for seven years as a teacher, dean, and high school principal. 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. Her early years in the Maricopa Colleges included positions as Director of Student Activities and Services, Coordinator of the Ford Foundation funded Transfer Opportunities Program, and Manager of Faculty Employment for the Maricopa Colleges.

In 1987, she became the first chief student affairs officer for Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She then served for a decade as a faculty member in the Business and Computer Information Systems division, where she also made leadership contributions as the college accreditation coordinator, co-coordinator of the service learning program, and founding faculty member at the Williams Campus. As chief academic officer for four years, she helped double enrollment, significantly expand workforce development programs, and enhance teaching and learning initiatives in cooperative learning, service learning, learning communities, and instructional technology.

Dr. Hesse served as President of CGCC for seven years, during which time the college was recognized with many awards and recognitions such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) campus sustainability national leadership award, the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the National Council for Instructional Administrators (NCIA) award for best practice in assessment of student learning, the National Council on Student Development (NCSD) award for best practices in student services, the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACTEPP) exceptional colleges award, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) High Performing Colleges in Active and Collaborative Learning.

Dr. Hesse is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. She has served as a consultant to other colleges from Florida to California on service learning, learning communities, technology, and accreditation.

Dr. Hesse is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of Positive Paths, Friendly House and Arizona Women in Higher Education.

Education

Eh.D. , Northern Arizona University

M.Ed., Northern Arizona University

M.B.A., Arizona State University

B.S., Arizona State University

 

Publications
  • Hesse, M., & Mason, M. The case for learning communities. Community College Journal (2005).
  • Hesse, M., & Mason, M. Teaching the theme of community. Integrating learning communities with service-learning (2003).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HED 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
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HED 634The American Community College
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HED 634The American Community College
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HED 634The American Community College
Service
  • Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Board of Directors (2009 - 2012)
  • Centr for Renewal and Wholeness in Higher Education, National Distinguished Advocate (2008 - 2011)
  • CHW East Valley Hospitals, Community Board Member (2003 - 2011)
  • Fresh Start Women's Foundation, East Valley Executive Council, Chair (2008 - 2010)
  • ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Chair, 2008-2009; Member (2004 - 2010)
  • Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2002 - 2009)
  • Gilbert Early College, Provided keynote address at their May 21, 2009, commencement ceremony (2009 - 2009)
  • ASU Foundation Board of Trustees, ASU Alumni Association representative (2008 - 2009)
  • ASU Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, ASU Alumni Association representative (2008 - 2009)
  • American Association of Community Colleges, Commission on Research, Technology, Emerging Trends, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • City of Chandler Economic Development Advisory Board, Member (2004 - 2009)
  • Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2003 - 2009)
  • Chandler Education Foundation, Board of Directors; Executive Committee 2007-2009 (2002 - 2009)
  • East Valley Partnership, Board of Directors member; Executive Committee 2007-2008 (2002 - 2009)
  • East Valley Think Tank, Member; Chair 2005-2007 (2002 - 2009)
  • Town of Gilbert Economic Development Advisory Board, Member (2002 - 2009)
  • American Heart Association, Heart Walk Coordinator for the Maricopa Community College District (2008 - 2009)
  • Arizona Joint Conference Committee, Chair 2007-2008, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Journal of Learning Communities Research, Editorial Board (2006 - 2008)
  • Arizona Community College President's Council, Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee (2005 - 2008)
  • Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Consortium (MATEC), National Advisory Board Member (2002 - 2008)
  • Chandler Ostrich Festival, Steering Committee Member and Non-Profit and School Committee Chair (2004 - 2008)
  • Chandler Unified School District, Growth Committee Member (2005 - 2007)
  • American Association of Community Colleges, Commission on Academic, Student & Community Development, Member (2004 - 2007)
  • ASU Polytechnic Campus Community Advisory Council, Member (2003 - 2007)
  • Town of Gilbert, Appeared on "Our Town" cable television show to discuss Chandler-Gilbert Community College (2006 - 2006)
  • Town of Queen Creek, Grand Marshall of Holiday Parade (2005 - 2005)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Williams Campus Branch Board Member (1999 - 2005)
  • Desert Hills High School, Provided keynote address at their May 25, 2005, commencement ceremony (2005 - 2005)
  • Chandler Unified School District, Appeared on "Charlotte's Web" cable television show to discuss Chandler-Gilbert Community College (2005 - 2005)
  • City of Chandler, Appeared on "Chandler in Focus" cable television show to discuss Chandler-Gilbert Community College (2005 - 2005)
  • City of Mesa, Appeared on "Citybeat" cable television show to discuss CGCC's Williams Campus (2004 - 2004)
  • Foothills Academy, Provided keynote address at their June 2004, commencement ceremony (2004 - 2004)
  • National Learning Communities Project, Arizona representative (2001 - 2004)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Compadre Chandler Branch Board Member; Secretary-Treasurer, 1995-1999 (1994 - 2003)
  • Higley High School, Provided keynote address at their May 2003 commencement ceremony (2003 - 2003)
  • ASU College of Public Programs, Alumni Board of Directors, President 1989-1990; Member (1985 - 1995)
  • State of Arizona Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, Member; Secretary-Treasurer 1986-1987 (1986 - 1988)