Higher education council renews CCRI’s president Hughes contract

PROVIDENCE — Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, received a three-year renewal of her contract Tuesday night.

The Council of Post-Secondary Education unanimously approved her contract after meeting for an hour in executive session.

The vote came despite strong opposition by the faculty union, who recently penned a letter to council chairman Tim DelGuidice claiming she has ignored their concerns and refused to collaborate.

Both the faculty union and support professionals issued a vote of no confidence in Hughes last year.

Members of the council, however, praised Hughes, who arrived in 2016, for the transformational change she has brought to the college, highlighted by the free scholarship program called Rhode Island Promise.

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