Holiday Message from the President
December 14, 2006
Dear CCRI Faculty and Staff:
t was just about one year ago when I had my first real introduction to the Community College of Rhode Island as the newly appointed interim president of CCRI. At a series of Open Forums, I met dozens of faculty, staff and students who shared their concerns with me as the college was undergoing a change in leadership. Over the next several months I met with you individually, and in groups, to help us get through this difficult transition period and to begin planning for the future. One by one, significant goals were realized.
- For the first time in nearly 25 years, a new mission statement was approved by the college community.
- A new Budget and Resource Committee was created to open up the budget process to everyone at the college.
- We worked collaboratively to prepare for a focused visit by NEASC to review our progress in five critical areas.
- We began to improve our management systems to prepare for the emergence of key college leaders.
- And, we developed a successful, team-driven approach to increasing enrollment numbers for the fall semester.
In just a few short months, we have accomplished so much together. As we move into the New Year, our college is bustling with plans for the spring semester, including a celebration of the college as part of Inaugural Week March 19 - 23, and Commencement in May when we recognize the more than 1,000 outstanding and hardworking students who have accomplished so much during their time with us.
This is a wonderful time of the year, and I am particularly grateful to the entire CCRI family; its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Your enthusiasm and commitment are unparalleled and will sustain us in the year ahead as we make even greater strides together.
For those of you who will be traveling over this holiday season, travel with care. For those staying closer to home, enjoy this time with family and friends. I wish each one of you a happy and joyous holiday and my best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year.
Ray Di Pasquale
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