Rhode Island's Council on Post-Secondary Education has appointed Meghan Hughes as president for the state community college system.
Hughes will succeed outgoing CCRI President Ray DiPasquale, who announced plans to step down after more than 10 years running CCRI.
The former executive director of Year Up Providence, a non profit organization dedicated to workforce education, Hughes will be the fifth president of CCRI.
She will take the helm of a community college system with campuses in Providence, Warwick, Newport, Lincoln and Westerly.
Hughes earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. in Art History from New York University. She was previously on the faculty at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Her appointment comes after a search that produced three finalists. In a written statement released after the vote, state higher education council chair Bill Foulkes said the council considered input from CCRI in making a final determination.
"Considering the valuable input from the CCRI community, the Council felt that Dr. Hughes’s transformational leadership and student-centered approach will be tremendous assets for CCRI,” said Folkes.