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I have had the honor of serving on the College of DuPage Board since 2015. I have served as Board Secretary, Board Vice Chairman and currently Board Chairman. During my term on the board, we reduced tuition and reduced property taxes. We have worked hard to reign in the lavish spending that predated our election to the board in 2015. We have increased transparency and the public’s access to the Board.

 

We have two seats up in the 2019 election and I am supporting 2 great candidates, Annette Corrigan, an attorney from Wheaton and Marc Incrocci, a Director of Organizational Development from Darien. With these two fiscally conservative indivudals elected to the Board, we will be able to continue improving the College of DuPage.

 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 9:45 AM

An open letter to the 2019 High School and College Graduates.

As the academic years at high schools and colleges are coming to an end, I think about all the great opportunities that lie ahead for you.

The economy and job market are good, and there will be countless opportunities for you, make sure you have the degrees and or certificates needed to move forward in your career.



Friday, May 24, 2019 9:51 AM

Chairman Napolitano Comments on Presidential selection process


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to sincerely thank our Presidential Search Committee for its hard work and commitment to community service. This diverse group of leaders included a 16-member team from a cross section of College of DuPage faculty and staff as well as business, legal, financial, government and education areas throughout District 502. These key stakeholders volunteered their time to present the Board with three qualified presidential candidates, each of whom possesses valuable leadership skills.


Sunday, May 5, 2019 12:00 AM

Three finalists named for COD board president

The College of DuPage (COD) Board of Trustees announced the names of three finalists in the search for the next board president.
The finalists, selected by the COD Presidential Search Committee with assistance from executive search firm AGB Search, are COD Interim President Brian Caputo, Pierpont Community & Technical College President Johnny Moore, and Seward County Community College President Ken Trzaska.

“The purpose of the presidential search public open forum is to provide faculty, staff, students and the community-at-large an opportunity to submit questions to the candidates as well as provide input via an online survey following each forum,” Napolitano said.


Friday, May 3, 2019 12:00 AM

Three finalists for COD president to field questions from public

The three finalists to become the next president at College of DuPage will answer questions from the public early next week and have closed-door interviews with the school's board of trustees.

The finalists recommended by a search committee as possible replacements for former President Ann Rondeau are Brian Caputo, interim president of COD; Johnny Moore, president of Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia; and Ken Trzaska, president of Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas.

Public forums with the candidates are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6 though 8, in the Student Services Center on COD's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Moore will appear Monday, Caputo on Tuesday and Trzaska on Wednesday.


Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:18 PM

Frank Napolitano selected as COD Board Chairman

Thank you, trustees, for your faith in me to serve as the board chairman. As we are all aware, enrollment is down across the state and country however I am optimistic about our prospects to increase enrollment. Our new board members, Annette Corrigan and Maureen Dunne have both brought forward many great ideas on how to address the declining enrollment.

This is a great opportunity for the College of DuPage to be a leader in the state on how we address our declining enrolment.

There was a recent article in Forbes, that discussed how community college transfers are outperforming those students going direct from High School at major universities. With our 3+1 and other partner programs and our pathways initiative our students will accel in their academic future.

The economy is strong and good jobs are available for the right candidates, as long as they have the right skills.

There was a recent article in Community College Daily that said employers are confident that today’s college students will have the skills needed to succeed but need to master soft skills and obtain additional credentials in order to be successful when entering the workforce. Between our vast program offering in our associate degrees, and certification programs, coupled with our extensive continuing education programs, and our Project Hire-Ed project coupled with the Pathways initiative, our students will be uniquely qualified to succeed on the career path.

The College of DuPage will stand out as more than just a community college through Innovation DuPage and the upcoming Frida Kahlo Exhibit and many other great initiatives. This is an exciting time to be at the College of DuPage.

I am grateful to the faculty and administration for all that you do. I am grateful to the board for the opportunity to serve as Chairman, together we will accomplish great things in the coming year.


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