College of DuPage Leaked Audio

An audio recording sent to the Chicago Tribune reveals the college of DuPage President wanted an even bigger buyout than he got.

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted to award President Robert Breuder a $763,000 severance package to retire in March, 2016, three years early. But, audio sent to the Chicago Tribune reveals the closed-door negotiations that went on to come to that figure, and show Breuder’s ask was nearly double that, $1.5 million.

In addition, he requested a $20,000 contribution to his retirement plan, free meals, and complimentary tickets to shows at the McAninch Arts Center on campus. He also hoped to be named “President Emeritus,” a title the board denied, along with his other requests.

Though the severance package Breuder will receive is less than he had hoped, it still drew much criticism from the public, and set off a string of negative publicity for the College, which is now facing both state and federal investigations into their financial dealings.

And now more controversy, as the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently ruled that a contract extension for Breuder made in 2011 was in violation of state law, as the Board of Trustees did not adequately inform the public that they were voting on the extension.

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