Robert Breuder's employment history

 

March 1981: Hired as president of Williamsport Area Community College in Pennsylvania, later renamed Pennsylvania College of Technology.

September 1997: Resigns to take over in January 1998 as president of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine.

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

October 2002: Faculty stages 12-day strike.

December 2002: Breuder announces plans to retire when his contract ends in July 2005.

October 2004: Breuder begins collecting his $33,412 annual pension from Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System and withdraws his contributions in the plan amounting to $134,657.

December 2004: Breuder signs 2-year contract extension at Harper.

September 2005: Breuder signs another extension to keep him at Harper until June 2009.

September 2006: Harper faculty threatens to strike.

October 2008: Breuder announces plans to retire at end of contract.

November 2008: College of DuPage board hires Breuder as president with a contract through June 2012, starting salary of $249,000 annually and perks. He gets a $508,000 retirement package from Harper.

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January 2009: Breuder begins presidency at COD.

April 2009: Breuder's 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.

March 2011: Negotiations begin on new teachers contract and drag on for more than a year.

July 2011: Breuder's contract extended through June 2016.

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

June 2012: Union and COD board agree on 3-year teachers contract.

April 2014: COD board and Breuder secretly begin negotiations for his departure.

July 2014: Leaked email shows Breuder seeking $20 million in state funding without actual plans for a project. Gov. Pat Quinn withholds 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: COD faculty issues vote of "no confidence" against Breuder.

November 2014: Breuder writes in COD Newsletter that he has no plans to quit and will serve out the remainder of his contract until June 2019.

January 2015: Breuder announces plan to retire in March 2016. COD board votes to issue a $762,000-plus retirement package.

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