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  • Breuder COD buyout is high — but not uncommon Feb 2, 2015 5:30 AM
    Stepping down as president of a community college doesn't always mean the institution stops paying you. Just look at College of DuPage. Long before trustees at the Glen Ellyn school approved a $762,000 buyout package for President Robert Breuder, past boards agreed to pay other presidents who left. And COD isn't alone. “I don't think it's unusual for COD,” said Kathy Wessel, a former board chairwoman. “I don't think it's unusual in education. Period.”

  • COD board candidates largely oppose buyout package for Breuder Jan 30, 2015 5:35 AM
    Candidates for the College of DuPage board of trustees are nearly unanimous in their opposition to the existing board's controversial decision to approve a $762,000 buyout package for the president of the Glen Ellyn school. One incumbent defends the amount. Here are their responses one by one.

  • Lawmakers: COD should pay consequences for Breuder buyout Jan 29, 2015 9:56 PM
    State lawmakers of both parties have started to pile on as critics of COD President Robert Breuder's $762,868 severance package. Some want the college audited, and others want state money taken away. “The board had a chance to correct this decision. Now I join with Rep. Jeanne Ives in calling for an audit,” Rep. Steve Andersson, a Geneva Republican, posted online Thursday.

  • Should COD building be named for Breuder or Medal of Honor recipient? Jan 30, 2015 9:39 AM
    A decision to name the College of DuPage’s Homeland Security Education Center after college President Robert Breuder is drawing criticism from some veterans and others who say it would be more appropriate to name it in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, a Medal of Honor recipient from Wheaton. “It makes no sense to put (Breuder’s) name on that, especially in light of the controversy,” one critic said.

  • COD board again approves Breuder deal, despite outcry Jan 29, 2015 7:28 PM
    Amid calls from dozens of residents,students and faculty members to reconsider, College of DuPage trustees have approved a controversial $762,000 buyout package for the school’s president. The college’s board voted 6-1 on Wednesday night to accept the four-page agreement regarding the early retirement of President Robert Breuder. The outcome during the special meeting was identical to vote the board took last Thursday.

  • COD president Breuder chose against guaranteed pension Jan 28, 2015 2:35 PM
    Departing College of DuPage President Robert Breuder’s decision to self-manage his retirement benefits cost him thousands of guaranteed dollars even though taxpayers have contributed at least $418,000 on his behalf. “Most academics might choose this option because of the mobility of their profession,” said Keith Brainard, research director at the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. “It is riskier.”

  • COD attorney: Watchdog group trying to shut down college Jan 28, 2015 1:58 PM
    A DuPage County judge ruled that the College of DuPage board must find a bigger room to accommodate the people expected to attend tonight's meeting affirming the $762,000 retirement deal for college President Robert Breuder. Judge Bonnie Wheaton ruled Wednesday morning that the college's board room, which normally seats 30 people, is too small. College attorney Kenneth Florey opposed the group's attempt to force the meeting to be moved. He called the tactics an attempt to “shut down the College of DuPage.”

  • Watchdogs sue COD board over Robert Breuder severance deal Jan 27, 2015 8:26 PM
    A group of government watchdogs filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the College of DuPage’s board of trustees that claims the board violated the Open Meetings Act during a last week's meeting when it approved a $762,000 deal for President Robert Breuder’s retirement.

  • COD to vote again on Breuder $762,000 severance package Jan 27, 2015 6:53 AM
    College of DuPage trustees are expected to take another vote Wednesday on a controversial $762,000 buyout package for President Robert Breuder, which has prompted a government watchdog group to urge officials to reject the severance deal this time around. The college's board voted 6-1 Thursday to accept the early retirement of President Robert Breuder. But the college announced Monday that it's holding a special meeting Wednesday night “to clarify a procedural motion to approve” the deal.

  • Robert Breuder’s employment history Jan 23, 2015 7:13 PM
    Robert Breuder’s employment history

  • Former COD trustee: Breuder was offered $2 million buyout in 2009 Jan 25, 2015 8:31 AM
    The $762,000 buyout College of DuPage President Robert Breuder accepted on Thursday wasn’t the first time he’s been offered a significant early retirement sum from COD, a former board member said. Former Trustee Dave Carlin said that as early as 2009 then-board Chairwoman Kathy Wessel sought to buy Breuder out of his contract for as much as $2 million. That discussion came not long after Breuder took the reins at COD in January 2009, after spending a decade at Harper College in Palatine.

  • COD board says yes to $762,000 Breuder severance deal Jan 23, 2015 7:13 PM
    College of DuPage board members voted 6-1 tonight to end President Robert Breuder’s tenure early with a roughly $762,000 buyout package. Breuder will be paid nearly three times his base salary when he retires March 31, 2016. The dissenter was the vice chairman: “To award a golden parachute to Dr. Breuder is nothing more than a wanton betrayal of our students.”

  • Russian National Ballet Theatre to perform 'Sleeping Beauty' at COD Jan 16, 2015 12:11 AM
    You could take several flights around the world to see some of the best entertainment on the seven continents. Or you could head to the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, which is showcasing several top acts from across the globe for its spring season, including two performances on Saturday, Jan. 17, of “Sleeping Beauty” by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. “We have first-class entertainment coming right to DuPage County,” said Diana Martinez, McAninch Arts Center director.

  • Suburban community colleges applaud Obama plan if money’s there Jan 10, 2015 7:30 AM
    Suburban educators hailed President Obama’s plan to make community college as “free and universal as high school is today,” but acknowledged the proposal faces a tough sell with Illinois lawmakers who would have to loosen the state’s purse strings to join. “Whether the money can follow the good idea, that’s yet another issue,” said College of DuPage President Robert Breuder.

  • Russian National Ballet to present ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at COD Jan 8, 2015 4:11 PM
    The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents two performances of the classic, romantic fairy tale ballet “Sleeping Beauty” at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the McAninch Arts Center on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

  • Interfaith Youth Core founder to speak at MLK breakfast Jan 8, 2015 1:18 PM
    Eboo Patel, whose Interfaith Youth Core organization builds the interfaith movement on college campuses, will speak at the 20th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage.

  • Candidates aplenty in DuPage County’s hottest school races Dec 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Six seats; 26 candidates. That pretty much defines what are likely to be the two hottest school board races this spring in DuPage County, where 14 candidates are pursuing three seats on the College of DuPage board of trustees and 12 candidates are seeking three seats on the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board.

  • COD student’s response to adversity inspires others Dec 23, 2014 3:33 PM
    College of DuPage student Ahsan Javaid has faced more than his fair share of adversity and he is using those experiences to inspire others.

  • Sandra Pihos to make bid for College of DuPage seat Dec 20, 2014 7:11 AM
    While her tenure as a state representative is coming to an end, Sandra Pihos says she wants to continue to serve the public. So the Glen Ellyn Republican is running for a spot on the College of DuPage board of trustees. She’s already filed her nomination papers to get on the April 7 ballot. “I’m not going to let grass grow under my feet because there’s so many things that need to be done,” said Pihos, whose last day as a state representative is Jan. 13. “I want to continue to be involved.”

  • College of DuPage votes to keep operating property tax levy flat Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    College of DuPage trustees voted Thursday to keep their operating property tax levy flat for taxypayers next year.“It’s the same levy that was filed last year will be filed again this year for the operating levy,” said Tom Glaser, the college’s senior vice president of administration and its treasurer.

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