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Timeline: The Robert Breuder era

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A timeline of Robert Breuder's career:

March 1981-September 1987: President of Williamsport Area Community College in Pennsylvania.

January 1998: President of Harper College in Palatine.

April 2001: Harper faculty issues vote of "no confidence."

December 2002: Breuder says he'll retire when his contract ends in July 2005.

December 2004: Signs 2-year contract extension at Harper.

September 2005: Signs another extension to stay at Harper until June 2009.

October 2008: Announces plans to retire at end of contract.

November 2008: Accepts president's job at College of DuPage. Contract runs through 2012 with starting base salary of $249,000. He gets a $508,000 retirement package from Harper.

April 2009: Contract extended through June 2015.

July 2010: Feud with Glen Ellyn over placement of COD's electronic signs begins and eventually leads to a court battle.

July 2011: Contract extended through June 2016.

October 2011: COD launches Breuder's pet project: a $25 million culinary arts and hospitality center featuring an on-campus boutique hotel and restaurant.

June 2012: Three-year teachers pact approved.

July 2014: Leaked email shows Breuder seeking $20 million in state funding without actual plans for a project. Gov. Pat Quinn withdraws the funds.

August 2014: COD board censures fellow board member Kathy Hamilton for "inappropriate conduct" after she questions spending and leadership of the college.

September 2014: Faculty issues "no confidence" vote on Breuder.

November 2014: Breuder writes in COD Newsletter that he will stay until his contract ends in June 2019.

January 2015: Announces plan to retire in March 2016. Board approves $763,000 retirement package.

April 2015: After three new trustees elected, Breuder placed on paid administrative leave.

August 2015: Trustees begin termination process.

September 2015: Trustees void employment contract and declare him an "at-will employee" without a contract.

Oct. 20, 2015: COD board votes 4-1 to fire Breuder.

Oct. 21, 2015: Breuder files wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and four trustees.

March 2017: Federal judge refuses to dismiss Breuder's lawsuit; Defendants appeal the decision.

Nov. 7, 2017: Appeals court to hear arguments on the case.

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