Meghan Hughes: 16 to Watch in 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


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The newly appointed President of CCRI will be the first shakeup in leadership at the state’s community college in nearly ten years, and Hughes will be taking the helm in 2016. 

From 2009-2015, Hughes led Year Up Providence as its Executive Director and served on the non-profit’s national management team. The program offers one-year, intensive training programs that provide low-income young adults with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.

Of Hughes, Board of Education Chair Barbara Cottam said “Dr. Hughes has a successful track record of building partnerships with industry and community leaders and promoting student success through her work with Year Up. Her strategic and creative initiatives, both locally and nationally, combined with her powerful local network, will bring development of innovative programs at CCRI that serve the students and Rhode Island well.”

Questions arose surrounding previous president Raymond Di Pasquale’s spending while at the helm, and the state’s community college has been under fire in recent years for students not being “college ready,” and curriculum changes had come under fire from faculty last year, regarding the direction of the college.  

However, announcements made in 2015 such as Champlin Foundation grant money for research, and CCRI and URI signing a memorandum of understanding that will provide CCRI nursing students in their last semester guaranteed admission into URI’s Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program, show the college on a forward track.  Keep an eye on Hughes as she steps in the role as the state’s newest head of higher learning.


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