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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:41 PM

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

College of DuPage Faculty Negotiations

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 taxpayers.


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.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 AM

COD chairman: Enrollment, presidential search among top issues

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

College of DuPage: Ballot top two should be your top two.

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.

Respectfully,

Frank Napolitano and Deanne Mazzochi.



Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 AM

Holan joins College of DuPage Board of Trustees

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

COD Board candidate Annette Corrigan gets two key endorsements

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

Deanne Mazzochi Resigns from College of DuPage Board

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

College of DuPage unveils expanded library media lab

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

Frank Napolitano assumes role of COD Board Chairman

Deanne Mazzochi Resigns as College of DuPage Board Chair, Will Remain Trustee Frank Napolitano Assumes Leadership


Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Endorsed candidates for the April 4, 2017 election

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.

 

Thanks

Frank

 

 http://franknapolitano.com/endorsements


Friday, October 14, 2016 5:33 PM

Endorsed Candidates for November 2016 Election

Dear Friends,

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.


Thanks

Frank


www.franknapolitano.com


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 frank.s.napolitano@gmail.com




Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:00 AM

It's time to clean house at the College of DuPage. Chiago Tribune


Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:00 AM

College of DuPage enrollment growth not all it seems. Chicago Tribune


Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:00 AM

COD Vice Chair Kathy Hamilton on CLTV Politics Tonight


Monday, March 30, 2015 11:54 PM

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

claytonmarkturner@gmail.com

 

“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
out.”

 

“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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Monday, March 30, 2015 5:18 AM

College of DuPage's spending under investigation, sources say. Chicago Tribune


Monday, March 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Robling: DuPage GOP Fails Reform Test at Community College. Illinois Review


Monday, March 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Collge of DuPage - Was the source the PR Firm? Edgar County Watchdogs


Monday, March 30, 2015 12:00 AM

College of DuPage paid Herricane Graphics $411, 576.15, Edgar County Watchdogs


Sunday, March 29, 2015 12:00 AM

COD - US Bank - If not pay to play, than what? Edgar County Watchdogs


Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 AM

COD - The propaganda continues. Edgar County Watchdogs


Friday, March 27, 2015 5:05 AM

College of DuPage gives foundation board member $630,000 in no-bid projects. Daily Herald


Thursday, March 26, 2015 4:09 PM

Editorial: A chance for change at College of DuPage. Chicago Tribune


Friday, March 20, 2015 12:51 PM

College of DuPage hires $250 per hour public relations firm. My Suburban Life


Friday, March 20, 2015 10:00 AM

COD board hires PR firm to help image. Daily Herald


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:30 AM

COD hopefuls suggest review, changes at Waterleaf. Daily Herald


Monday, March 16, 2015 4:14 PM

College of DuPage hires PR firm after missing audit deadline. DuPage Policy Journal


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:00 PM

COD misses deadline to pay for audit. Daily Herald


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:57 AM

Clean Slate candidates call for College of DuPage audit. DuPage Policy Journal


Friday, March 6, 2015 10:15 AM

College of DuPage officials drink, eat well on taxpayers' dime. Chicago Tribune


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:30 AM

Most COD candidates don't want Breuder's name on building. Daily Herald


Saturday, February 28, 2015 7:32 AM

COD candidates say more oversight by board needed. Daily Herald


Monday, February 23, 2015 10:09 PM

3-person slate presses for COD reform. Daily Herald


Monday, February 23, 2015 7:07 PM

Three College of DuPage trustee candidates running on 'Clean Slate' platform. My suburban life


Monday, February 23, 2015 5:41 PM

Board member endorses College of DuPage candidates running as slate. Chicago Tribune


Monday, February 2, 2015 6:15 PM

College of DuPage trustees, get ready for the Breuder blowback. Chicago Tribune


Monday, February 2, 2015 3:26 PM

State lawmakers lash out at COD severance package. Daily Herald


Sunday, February 1, 2015 1:00 PM

Editorial: Why did COD give Breuder a buyout? Daily Herald


Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:19 PM

College of DuPage trustees, it's time to go. Chicago Tribune


Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00 PM

COD board again approves Breuder deal, despite outcry. Daily Herald


Sunday, January 25, 2015 2:00 PM

Arn: Reformers Needed Now More Than Ever At College of DuPage. Illinois Review


Saturday, January 24, 2015 1:33 PM

College of DuPage: 'Taxpayers do not count. Insiders do.' Chicago Tribune


Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM

State Rep. Ives Files Legislation in Response to COD President Buyout Deal. Illinois Review


Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:13 PM

COD to vote on $750,000 buyout of President contract.

For Immediate
Release                                                                                                               

For More Information Contact 
Frank Napolitano
630-440-6890 

frank.s.napolitano@gmail.com

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 frank.s.napolitano@gmail.com



Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 AM

DuPage group hold forum to inform voters about College Board trustee candidates. Illinois Review


Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM

The problem with Obama's free community college. Frank Napolitano at Illinois Review


Thursday, January 15, 2015 8:20 AM

College of DuPage employed radio engineer despite theft conviction. Chicago Tribune


Friday, January 9, 2015 12:00 AM

COD - The Herricane Winds are picking up! Edgar County Watchdogs


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Candidates aplenty in DuPage County's hottest school races. Daily Herald


Friday, December 5, 2014 12:00 AM

College of DuPage FOIA Denial. Edgar County Watchdogs


Thursday, December 4, 2014 3:43 AM

College of DuPage board must address spending or step aside. My Suburban Life


Monday, November 17, 2014 12:30 PM

The Fat Cats at College of DuPage. Huffington Post


Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Students call for civility at College of DuPage Board meetings. Chicago Tribune


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 AM

College of DuPage spent $26 million without board scrutiny. Daily Herald


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:00 AM

$26 Million Selfie at Illinois Jr. College. Forbes


Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 AM

A Sensure for Speaking out. Chicago Tribune


Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 AM

College of DuPage board votes to censure trustee. My Suburan Life


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