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.
Richard Coren is CCRI’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications. With 25 years of experience in the private sector, his responsibilities include promoting all areas of the college internally and externally: its programs and events, and its students, administration, faculty and staff. In addition, he oversees CCRI’s creative, ad buys, public relations and social media efforts, video creation and is the college’s media spokesperson. Contact Richard Coren.
As interim director of the Liston Campus, Walter Crocker provides overall administrative leadership and direction for CCRI’s Providence campus. Duties include strengthening security and safety, maintaining good community relations, supervising all personnel, serving as liaison to the Student Government Board, and assisting the appropriate college vice presidents and deans in academic and student service programming and policy formulation. Contact Walter Crocker.
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.
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.
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.
Robin Smith leads CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education that offers programs in customized training, community education, literacy education and personal enrichment courses. She is responsible for programs and courses at four campus locations and represents CCRI in the community as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Providence Cranston Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Rhode Island Workforce Board. She is an active member of the Davies Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Career and Technical Education Task Force for the City of Providence. Smith also represents CCRI on the Governor’s Workforce Board Biennial Plan Advisory Committee and Career Pathways Advisory Committee. Contact Robin Smith.
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.