Board to vote on new contract for CCRI president Meghan Hughes

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PROVIDENCE — The Council on Postsecondary Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to renew the contract of the Community College of Rhode Island’s president, over the objections of the full-time faculty union.

Last week, council Chairman Timothy DelGiudice discussed the faculty concerns with members of the union, the commissioner and general counsel.

On Friday, DelGiudice called Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, to tell him that none of the issues raised by the union are significant enough to postpone a three-year extension of Meghan Hughes’ contract.

“We are moving forward with a vote and have scheduled a special meeting next Tuesday,” DelGiudice wrote to members of the council. “I deliberately waited until close of business [Friday] to post the meeting to allow me time to have all these conversations. I didn’t want to surprise the NEA.”

DelGiudice wrote that “the transformation that President Hughes has led has been amazing, the outcomes, graduation rates and her overall student centered focus has been locally and nationally recognized.”

He noted Gov. Dan McKee’s recent signing of a bill that makes the Rhode Island Promise scholarship, which offers two years of free tuition at CCRI to qualifying students, permanent. 

“We just celebrated commencement, codified the Promise Scholarship in law,” he wrote. 

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