Annesa Cheek, EdD

Annesa Cheek, EdD
Annesa Cheek
Vice President, School and Community Partnerships
Sinclair College

Annesa is an advocate and champion for educational equity and diversity and is the proud mother of two nut-colored blessings (her daughter, Avery – 10 years old, and her son, Austin –8 years old) who keep her grounded and ever hopeful about the future of mankind. She loves watching old movies and practices urban ballroom dancing and Chicago stepping in her spare time.

Annesa is a native Daytonian and a proud graduate of Dayton Public Schools. As an undergraduate, she chose to attend a historically black college (Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Dayton.

Annesa has worked in the private and public sectors and also the non-profit arena. She began working at Sinclair Community College in 2006 and has served in several key positions including: Assistant to the President, Senior Director of Advancement, and Chief of Staff to the President. In 2008, she resigned her position at Sinclair, moved to Austin, Texas, with her family and subsequently earned a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She then returned to Sinclair and began working as the president’s Chief of Staff.

Currently, Annesa serves as the Vice President for the School and Community Partnerships division at the College where she and her staff are focused onchanging the narrative for young people in the region by providing programming and support that helps them successfully navigate life’s challenges and builds a foundation for career readiness and completion of a college certificate or degree. Whether through mentoring support, counseling services, tutoring, or weekend enrichment programming, the School and Community Partnerships Division is committed to ensuring ALL students are provided with REAL access to the benefits of a quality education.

Annesa is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and serves as a Board member for Parity, Inc., the National Council for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton, and the Dayton Early College Academy. She is a 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellow and was a 2008 recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.