Dr. Raymond A. Ferland joined the Rhode Island Junior College faculty in 1967, where he served as a faculty member in both the social sciences and human services departments and later as vice president for student affairs. Among his accomplishments, Ferland oversaw the construction of the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
Through the years, Ferland was a strong advocate for students, especially those needing help in overcoming social and economic barriers to achieve their educational goals. He was responsible for establishing a book loan fund to provide emergency assistance for students. Financed by proceeds from an annual golf tournament, the fund has since been renamed the Raymond. A. Ferland Student Assistance Program. His strong support of student-athletes earned him the prestigious Green Jacket Award from CCRI Athletics.