Latest updates from the campaign:
Chairman Napolitano welcomes Dr Caputo, COD’s new President
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my distinct privilege to stand before you on this momentous occasion to celebrate the Investiture of our seventh president at College of DuPage. I am equally delighted to recognize each and every one of you here today who works hard to make our institution the great place that it is—both now and for many years to come. I wholeheartedly believe in the profound talent that exists at College of DuPage. Our expert faculty and staff are deeply committed to the transformative nature of higher education. Thank you for working together to strengthen our collective goal of student success. We are College of DuPage!
I would also like to acknowledge our outstanding Presidential Search Committee, which is central to today’s historic event. This remarkable committee—comprised of a diverse array of industry leaders in the private and non-profit sectors, government, education and much more—volunteered their time to provide their professional insights and experience to pursue the important charge of identifying a highly-qualified individual to serve as president. This was not an easy task. Over the course of several months, the Search Committee shared invaluable perspectives to present the Board with qualified candidates with keen leadership skills. Dr. Brian Caputo was unanimously selected by the Board as the best fit to serve as the seventh college president and to help propel our campus forward by taking College of DuPage to the next level.
Dr. Caputo brings more than 35 years of relevant management and leadership experience to this great institution, drawing from a broad range of senior-level executive positions in higher education, local government, and the military. In his most recent role as Vice President for Administrative Affairs andChief Financial Officer, Dr. Caputo has been integrally involved in developing key academic and career training programs, including Guided Pathways, Project Hire-Ed and Innovation DuPage as well as spearheading major financial transparency initiatives.
With our new board in place and Dr. Caputo as our new president, I am proud to say we are already off to a phenomenal start. Today ushers in a new era at College of DuPage, and Dr. Caputo is ready to move us forward. Dr. Caputo will provide leadership that combines innovation, fiscal responsibility and forward thinking in a way that uses all of our many resources to focus on student success. I look forward to working with Dr. Caputo, the Board of Trustees and all of you as we continue to make a positive impact here at College of DuPage.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:03 PM
At the College of
DuPage, we are currently negotiating a new contract with our full-time faculty,
CODFA, and had hoped to reach an agreement by now, but we are continuing to work
through some of our differences and will hopefully reach a fair agreement for
all stakeholders. We
have a first-rate faculty and staff here and we fully recognize the need to be
competitive with our salaries, benefits, facilities and every other factor in
making COD a good destination college for students in DuPage County. We also must
balance the finances with the burden we place on our taxpayers in the district
who have always demonstrated generosity in supporting the college. Our board
firmly believes we can do both those things with a spirit of cooperation and
appreciation on both sides. Now, we all just need to get together, work to
understand good outcomes and get it done for the faculty, staff, students, and
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 9:45 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 AM
The newly elected chairman of the College of DuPage board of trustees says declining enrollment and the search for a new president are among the top issues facing the school.
Frank Napolitano was unanimously elected to lead the panel that oversees the Glen Ellyn-based school during an organizational meeting Thursday night.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:41 AM
After a deliberate and careful review, we are endorsing Annette Corrigan and Marc Incrocci for the College of DuPage Board. We hope you will join us in supporting them. Annette and Marc are position 1 and 2 on the ballot for College of DuPage Board of Trustees. They will both prove to be exceptional Trustees.
Frank Napolitano and Deanne Mazzochi.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 AM
Heidi Holan’s appointment to the College of DuPage board seems like a natural occurrence given her longtime ties to the school and area.
“As a 35-year resident in the district, my family ties to the College of DuPage are strong,” Holan, tabbed by fellow board members to serve out the remaining three years of newly elected state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi’s term, told the DuPage Policy Journal. “My husband and oldest son have received associate degrees from the college and my youngest son is currently enrolled as a student. I have attended classes at COD and was a member of the Budget Committee prior to being appointed as trustee."
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 AM
Wheaton attorney Annette Corrigan has bagged the endorsements of College of DuPage Board Chair Frank Napolitano and former board member Deanne Mazzochi in her run for the school’s board of trustees.
“Annette Corrigan has been a leader in her community,” the two said in a Feb. 28 press release. “She is a passionate and qualified candidate with a strong legal background. She has a robust awareness of the challenges the college will face in the coming years, as well as a clear vision for the direction of the school.”
Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Chairman Frank Napolitano applauded Mazzochi for her leadership and her insight over the last four years.
“We are honored to have served this District alongside you,” he said. “As a Board, we have accomplished much over the last several years, but our work continues as we fulfill the mission of the College and look to the future of education. Trustee Holan and her family have strong ties to the College. Her husband and eldest son earned associate degrees from COD and their youngest son is currently a student at the College. I look forward to working with Trustee Holan as we continue to chart the future of this institution.”
Friday, January 25, 2019 12:00 AM
Reflecting on technology's quick evolution since his time as a media production student at the Technology Center of DuPage, COD Board Chairman Frank Napolitano stressed the need for more technology in higher education.
"Think about what is in our homes currently and how technology has advanced in the last five, even 10 years," he said. "The industry has come so far and we must constantly improve to give our students the skills they need to be successful. This lab is a wonderful addition to the college and a testament to COD's dedication to providing our students the tools they will need as they complete their studies and seek employment in a growing digital world."
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:00 AM
Deanne Mazzochi Resigns as College of DuPage Board Chair, Will Remain Trustee Frank Napolitano Assumes Leadership
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 AM
These are my endorsements for the April 4,2017 election. These are just my recommendations, as with any election and with anyone’s endorsement, I recommend you do your own research and make an informed decision. Your entire property tax bill is on the ballot April 4, 2017, be sure to vote.
Friday, October 14, 2016 5:33 PM
Endorsed Candidates for November 2016 Election
It is election time once again, and a few of the races in this year’s election are going to be very close and will need every vote to help get the right candidates elected. Below are the races I believe will be the closest and I am asking you to join me in supporting them.
For US Congress, 6th District Peter Roskam, learn more at www.roskamforcongress.com
For US Congress, 8th District Peter DiCianni, learn more at www.peteforcongress.com
For US Congress, 11th District, Tonia Khouri, learn more at www.toniakhouri.com
For State Representative District 45 Christine Winger learn more at www.wingerforrep.com
For State Representative District 46 Heidi Holan learn more at www.voteholan.com
For State Representative District 81 David Olsen, learn more at www.davidsolsen.com
For State Senate District 22 Tracy Smodilla, www.tracyforsenate22.com
For State Senate District 23 Seth Lewis, learn more at www.votesethlewis.com
For DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Liam Brennan, learn more at www.judgeliambrennan.com
There are plenty of other good candidates in the area, but these are the elections and candidates that I believe need our help to win so I wanted to highlight these to you.
As always, I suggest you do your own research when voting, but I believe these are the best candidates in their races and some of the most important races on November 8th.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:13 PM
frank with Frank meeting
College of DuPage Trustee Elect, Frank Napolitano, will
hold a “frank with Frank” town hall style meeting on Saturday May 2nd at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held at Naperville City Hall 400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL (Lower Level Meeting Room B)
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Future meetings will be held at various locations throughout the College of DuPage district.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Clean Slate Statement on Investigation into COD
THE CLEAN SLATE
Charles Bernstein, Frank Napolitano and Deanne Mazzochi
On the Chicago Tribune’s March 30, 2015 article, Prosecutor eyes College of DuPage”
Contact: Clayton Turner, 205-540-3264
“We are pleased that an investigation has been opened at the State’s Attorney’s office. But it is an undisputed fact that the College of DuPage, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office, and the College of DuPage Foundation
share the same lobbyist.” /images/30650/lobbyistsearch_marquardt.pdf
“It is clear that when it comes to College of DuPage investigations, we need to do whatever we can to bolster the public trust and avoid even the appearance of impropriety. We call on the United States Department of Education to independently lead an investigation into the irregularities and improprieties that have been raised, particularly where people have risked so much to speak
“All of this must end, through appropriate legal process. There happens to be an election next week. If voters choose us, then they know "The Clean Slate" will provide a clean break from business as usual to build an even better COD, led by its extraordinary faculty, to meet our community’s 21st century education needs.”
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Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:13 PM
COD to vote on $750,000 buyout of President contract.
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COD Board Candidate Frank Napolitano Opposes $750,000 Buyout for
COD Board President
January 22, 2015 - Bloomingdale, Illinois - The College of DuPage board of trustees is scheduled to vote Thursday night on a buyout package for its president that would give him more than $750,000 in severance payments and bring his controversial tenure at the publicly funded community college to a close, according to a breaking news story in the Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glen-ellyn/ct-college-of-dupage-board-of-trustees-20150122-story.html
A draft copy of the proposed buyout agreement, obtained by the Tribune, shows college President Robert Breuder would be paid more than twice his base salary when he retires March 31, 2016. His contract is set to end in 2019, according to a college spokesman.
Even as their leader exits, those on the board continue to perpetrate the same underhanded scheming that has besmirched the reputation of the College of DuPage and the taxpayers of this county. I strongly oppose this action by the board of directors and am running for a seat on the COD Board to restore principled leadership in this fine community institution.
For more information, please contact me at www.franknapolitano.com or email@example.com
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