Community College of Rhode Island president Meghan Hughes is resigning.
The move is effective at the end of August.
Hughes is taking a career pause to rededicate time to her family.
“Serving as CCRI’s president has been the greatest professional honor of my lifetime, and I am profoundly grateful to all the faculty, staff, students, and broader Rhode Island community members who have taught me so much and who continue to inspire me daily,” said Dr. Hughes. “I believe the time is right to transition the college to new presidential leadership by summer’s end as CCRI is strong and continuing to grow ever stronger. We have largely emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, our enrollment continues to recover each semester, and we are laser focused on supporting strong student learning outcomes. Our commitment to creating equitable access and delivering outstanding credentials that lead to quality employment and seamless transfer is powerfully advanced every day across all four campuses, and I have full confidence in our faculty, staff, and administrators to continue advancing this work.
Hughes was the first woman to serve as president of the college, starting the position in 2016. She was a fierce advocate for the Rhode Island Promise free tuition program.
An interim president will be named sometime in April.
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