- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The Community College of Rhode Island has a new president.

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted Wednesday to make Meghan Hughes the school’s fifth president after a six-month search process.

Hughes, of Providence, was one of two finalists from Rhode Island. She has served as the executive director of Year Up Providence, a nonprofit that offers a yearlong training program to low-income young adults.

Chairman William Foulkes says the council felt that Hughes’ “transformational leadership and student-centered approach will be tremendous assets for CCRI.”

Hughes, who has a doctorate from New York University, will succeed Ray DiPasquale, who has been CCRI’s president since 2006.

Her start date will be negotiated as part of her contract.

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