Barbara Brittingham is President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). CIHE accredits 226 colleges and universities in the six New England States and ten American-style institutions in six other countries. Previously she served as a member and chair of the Commission. She was Dean of the College of Human Science and Services at the University of Rhode Island where she also served as Interim Dean of University Libraries, Director of the Curriculum Research and Development Center, and Professor of Education. She was founding dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates and worked in Ankara, Turkey, while on a World Bank project.