CCRI hires new CIO in addition to Director of DEI and Organizational Development
January 5, 2022
The Community College of Rhode Island announced two new hires today with Nathan Brown of Carlisle, MA, joining the college as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Andrea Ray of Providence serving as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Organizational Development.
With more than three decades of experience in the Information Technology industry, Brown has served in a variety of roles in the higher education, non-profit, and corporate sectors and is a proven, hands-on executive technology and information security leader.
Prior to CCRI, Brown worked as an Information Technology Consultant for The Wing, a shared work and community space designed for women, where he helped relaunch spaces heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Brown also spent more than eight years as the Vice President for Information Technology and Information Security at Care.com, the world’s largest website for families seeking care for their loved ones. During his tenure, Brown helped drive the company’s growth from an internet start-up to a publicly-traded corporation, overseeing the implementation of an ERP system for finance, human resources and payroll, migrating the production infrastructure to Amazon’s AWS and building an exceptional global helpdesk.
Other roles for Brown include four years at Year Up, where he served as Senior Director for Information Technology and led the design and implementation of its learning centers across the country, and four years at Harvard Law School as its CIO, a role in which he led the implementation of a new student information system and transformed the college’s systems, infrastructure, and support processes.
Brown attended Providence Country Day School in East Providence, RI, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University.
A highly-effective DEI and HR leader, Ray boasts a BBA in Business Law and an MBA in Human Resources in addition to nearly two decades of experience in the workforce. At CCRI, she will work collaboratively with internal and external audiences to develop an open, diverse, inclusive, and supportive learning and working environment with a specific focus on underrepresented and marginalized populations.
Prior to CCRI, Ray spent eight years as the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for CVS MinuteClinic, where she led the company’s diversity efforts, including creating its first Diversity Leadership Team at MinuteClinic, and managed the company’s review process by identifying and preparing top performing and high potential leaders for strategic development and professional growth.
She also served as a Senior Consultant for Diversity, managing the company’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity programs, and developed a company-wide diversity recruiting and hiring strategy that included forging partnerships with professional organizations to build and utilize best-practice tools to create effective DEI strategies. Her role also included building internal structures to empower all employees to embrace how effective DEI strategies were aligned with business goals and objectives.
Ray also worked more than four years as a Senior Human Resource Associate at Boston Scientific, where she managed diversity initiatives and helped build out Employee Resource Groups and diversity recruiting efforts. She has also worked in senior-level recruiting positions at NurseFinders Staffing, Inc., Manpower Professional, and Bank of America.
An active member of the community – she serves as a member of the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Rhode Island – Ray earned her BBA from Temple University and her MBA from Walden University, and also holds a certificate as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell University.
Getting to Know: Ashley Casiano
September 25, 2023
CCRI's new Director of Athletics, Recreation and Wellness is looking to foster a culture of respect, communication, inclusion and competitiveness, while nurturing wellness and fitness programs that will support life-long health practices at the college.
Three CCRI professors earn prestigious NISOD Awards for teaching excellence
September 19, 2023
Three Community College of Rhode Island professors earned 2023 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses. This marks the second year in a row the college has had three different professors earn this distinction.
Class of '23 graduate named one of three Gamm Theater fellows for 2023-24
September 15, 2023
After fueling her passion for theater at the Community College of Rhode Island, Class of 2023 graduate Mireya Hoffens will continue to pursue her dream this year as one of three emerging artists to join the 2023–24 Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater’s Gamm Fellowship Program.
CCRI announces $5 million partnership with Bally's to launch gaming-focused programming
September 14, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) today joined Governor Dan McKee, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski, and Bally’s Corporation Chairman Soo Kim to announce a $5 million donation to CCRI to develop and launch new programming in the gaming, hospitality, and security industries and to support student scholarships.
Alumni Association elects new President, Chair of Alumni Diversity Council
September 11, 2023
The college's Foundation Board and Alumni Association Board recently elected two new officers to key leadership positions on CCRI’s Alumni Association; Jeffrey C. Wright Jr. is the new Alumni Association President and Malida Khim is the Alumni Diversity Council Chair.
Getting to know Dr. Costigan: A student's perspective
September 11, 2023
CCRI student Kat Taylor attended Opening Day last month at the Warwick Campus and shares her experience interacting with Interim President Rosemary Costigan from the best seat in the house – front row center in the Great Hall – as the college's new leader addressed faculty and staff for the first time.
CCRI theatre students gain valuable insight during summertime internship
September 07, 2023
Two Community College of Rhode Island theater students are wrapping up a four-month paid internship at the Spectrum Theater Ensemble, a Providence-based theatre company showcasing neurodiverse artists.
Elissa Parente, 19, of Cranston and Jalen Rodriguez, 22, of Woonsocket, who is blind, have handled a variety of roles with STE, including marketing, publicity, social media, and even performing on stage during STE’s 4th Annual Neurodiversity New Play Festival (NNPF) this weekend in Providence.
Dr. Costigan begins tenure as CCRI's Interim President
September 01, 2023
When she first stepped foot on campus of the then Rhode Island Junior College in 1976, Dr. Rosemary A. Costigan never envisioned she’d one day serve as president of her alma mater.
Nearly five decades later, Dr. Costigan begins her tenure Friday, September 1, as Interim President of the present-day Community College of Rhode Island, becoming the first alumnus to serve in that capacity.
CCRI Dental Clinic Offering Free Appointments for the Fall
August 02, 2023
With the start of the fall semester a few weeks away, the Community College of Rhode Island is taking appointments for an array of free dental hygiene services at its Dental Hygiene Clinic located at the Lincoln campus.
The Dental Hygiene Clinic is a learning environment for dental hygiene students during each academic year where patients can schedule appointments Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, to receive free treatment from students under the supervision of a licensed dentist and dental hygienist. Patients are welcome for dental hygiene treatments every 12 months after initial completion.
CCRI Players Present Antony & Cleopatra
August 02, 2023
The CCRI Players present Antony & Cleopatra, the epic love story that moved the events of ancient empire, as part of CCRI’s Summer Repertory program at the Bobby Hackett Theatre in Warwick on August 3 – 6.
Cyber Camp Takes Over CCRI's Newport Campus
July 26, 2023
CCRI welcomed Governor Dan McKee, Newport Mayor Xay Khamsyvoravong, and Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green to its Newport Campus to learn more about the Newport Public Schools’ Cyber Camp to promote learning beyond the formal school day and beyond the traditional 180-day school year.
Business Department Chair Coclin earns Teaching Excellence Award
June 28, 2023
CCRI Business and Professional Studies Department Chair and Associate Professor Maria Coclin has been named a regional recipient of the 2023 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award.
The ACBSP recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.
CCRI's Cybersecurity Program Director earns Community Service Recognition Award
June 26, 2023
Community College of Rhode Island Computer Studies Assistant Professor and Cybersecurity Program Director Michael Kelly received a 2023 Center of Academic Excellence Community of Practice in Cyber Defense (CAE Cop-CD) Community Service Recognition Award at this year’s CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium for his outstanding contributions to the cybersecurity community.
Kelly – a 2019 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award – has led efforts to increase enrollment and add new programs to the college’s Computer Studies department, securing CCRI’s reputation as a national leader in Cybersecurity education.
Updated COVID-19 vaccination policy
June 20, 2023
CCRI students and employees no longer need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of enrollment or employment, effective July 1, 2023. This means that students attending Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 semesters will not have a vaccination requirement.
Getting to Know: Carlin Weirick
June 19, 2023
Today we meet Carlin Weirick, one of the newest members of the CCRI community whose unexpected journey through the Human Resources field has led her to a rewarded career as a recruiter with a keen eye for talent.
With a diverse background in several fields, she has brought her exceptional people skills and passion for helping others to CCRI, beginning her latest journey in May as the college's new Talent Acquisition & Diversity Recruiting Manager for the Department of Institutional Equity & Human Resources.
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