Rev. M. Anghaard (Ann) Teague Dees, '95

MFAeA President

The Long Blue Line is a formidable, passionate group and it is a great honor to be a part of this legacy and to be asked to serve this group. We may meet outside the gates, but one day we will be welcomed again. I pray that as we work toward that day, we will be strengthened and united in our love for our Alma Mater.

As a student, I was very involved on campus serving as a senator and class cheerleader and joined just as many clubs and activities as possible. After receiving my Bachelor’s of Music in 1995, I was interim band director in Mooreville, Mississippi, and it was during this year I fully discerned my call to ministry. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 2001 and was ordained in my home church, First Presbyterian of Tupelo, that same year. I have served congregations in Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, and most recently Florida at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola where I serve as the Associate Pastor for youth and children. I have also served Montreat Conference Center as Youth Conference Director and Leader over the past 14 years along with other numerous services to the national and local church. I sing with a bluegrass band and the Pensacola Opera when I have free time and have two precious cats. Presently, I am engaged to be married in my home church on August 8, 2009 to Zane Dees of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

I have stayed involved with the W post-graduation because of my love for the university and my W friends. I served as the Masker Alumnae Association President, Troubadour Alumnae Scholarship Committee and Homecoming Liaison, a member of the Mobile local chapter, on the Young Alum Committee, been a Chapter Liaison and have served on the MUW Alumnae Association Board for the past four years – two as a board member and the last two as Vice President and as President-Elect. I was asked to serve as the Homecoming Prayer Service Preacher in 2000 and 2006 and that was a great joy. But for me the greatest joy of being a W girl is that no matter where I have lived I have found other W girls (and guys) and had an instant connection with them. That common bond we share from our years at MUW link us through the generations.