College of DuPage President

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees has voted to bring their President’s tenure to a close.

After an hour and a half of closed session, the board voted 7-1 in open session to approve a $762,000 buyout package for President Robert Breuder’s employment contract.

This agreement will pay Breuder nearly three times his base salary when he retires on March 31 of next year. His contract was originally set to end in 2019, but after the board became aware of his plans in April 2014 to retire early, they spent nine months discussing the terms and conditions of the buyout without public awareness.

“The numbers that they’re talking about are upsetting, they’re very high and with the problems that he’s already been part of with the school and his lack of oversight of accounting, I think it’d be awful to pay him out an incredible amount of money,” said Stew Gilgus, A Naperville resident.

“I say no to the golden parachute, and yes to getting rid of Doctor Breuder,” said Board Vice Chairwoman, Kathy Hamilton.

Also part of the agreement, the college will name the new homeland security center after Breuder, providing he maintains conduct that is not detrimental to the reputation of the board or the college.

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