Meghan Hughes, President
With 30 years of experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector, Dr. Meghan Hughes became the fifth president of the Community College of Rhode Island on Feb. 1, 2016. CCRI is the largest community college in New England with four main campuses. The college serves more than 22,000 students annually and boasts more than 68,000 alumni.
In her first three years as president, Hughes has led the implementation of a strategic plan focused on student success. She is committed to providing Rhode Islanders with an outstanding community college education that leads to strong learning outcomes, successful degree attainment and robust labor market outcomes. Hughes has placed closing equity performance gaps at the center of her work. Last year the college marked its highest graduation rate in 18 years and is laser focused on attaining meaningful retention, completion, transfer and employment gains.
Sara Enright, Vice President for Student Affairs
Under the direction of the President, the Vice President serves as the chief student services officer of the college and is responsible for enrollment services, financial aid, advising and counseling, and the college’s student support services including career planning, the Student Success Center, the Dean of Students’ office and several Opportunity & Outreach programs. The Vice President works closely with deans, administrators, faculty, and staff across the college to lead the long-term planning of student services.
As the Chief Outcomes Officer, Enright is also responsible for working across the college to develop and grow programs and initiatives that support all students in achieving their educational goals. She is committed to furthering CCRI’s strategic plan, goals and mission and is particularly focused on bringing a student-centered approach to every element of the college’s work.
Dr. Rosemary Costigan, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Under the direction of the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for educational policy and academic programs.
The Vice President works closely with academic deans, administrators and members of the faculty to lead the long term planning of educational programs, assuring quality of instruction, selection and development of a distinguished faculty, while furthering the institution's strategic plan, goals and mission of the Community College of Rhode Island.
As a learning community committed to changing lives, the Academic Affairs Division offers a broad array of certificates, associate degree programs and academic support services that assist students in achieving their academic career goals.