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President’s Executive Staff

The individuals listed below are members of the President’s Executive Staff. As members of the college’s senior management team they report directly to the president with news, initiatives and results from their respective departments.

Sara EnrightSara Enright, Vice President for Student Affairs

Sara Enright has a diverse work history that includes positions in business development, strategic planning and program management over the past 18 years. In her most recent role at Nalari Health, she has led teams responsible for strategic projects, operations, sales support and customer training.  Contact Sara Enright.

David Patten David Patten, Vice President for Business Affairs

As the college’s chief financial officer, David Patten oversees the development and management of the college’s budget and is responsible for 250 personnel within the division of Business Affairs, including accounting, information technology, human resources, payroll, physical plant, bursar and campus security. He plays an active and collaborative role in strategic planning, policy development, forecasting and resource analysis for the college and also serves as the college’s fiscal liaison to the Board of Education. Contact David Patten.

Alix OgdenAlix Ogden, Chief of Staff

Alix Ogden serves as the Chief of Staff to President Hughes. Prior to joining CCRI, Alix spent twenty-five years working for elected officials in state and municipal government in Washington State and Rhode Island. Her work locally includes serving as the Parks Superintendent and Director of Operations for the City of Providence under then-Mayor David N. Cicilline. Ogden has her Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a graduate of the Roger Williams School of Law. Contact Alix Ogden.

Deb Zielinski Deb Zielinski, Assistant to the President

As assistant to President Hughes, Deb Zielinski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office at the multi-campus community college. Beyond her administrative role, she serves as the president’s liaison to the college community, plans major college events, serves on various college committees, and is a resource for faculty, staff, students and the general public. Contact Deb Zielinski.

Ron Schertz Ron Schertz, Associate Vice President for Student Services

In his role, Ron Schertz focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of students. He directs all college services and activities that encourage students to reach their full leadership potential while achieving academic and career success. He works with all student support groups including advising and counseling, enrollment services, career services, student success centers, student life, athletics and student health. Contact Ron Schertz.

Bill LeBlanc Bill LeBlanc, Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Bill LeBlanc leads the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. He is responsible for overseeing the collection, analysis, interpretation, distribution and reporting of information useful in planning, decision-making and policy formulation. All of these activities support both administrative and instructional functions of CCRI. Contact Bill LeBlanc.

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Last Updated: 11/28/16