College of DuPage trustees get boos after severance vote

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College of DuPage President Robert Breuder

The College of DuPpage board of trustees re-voted on a controversial severance package for its President Robert Breuder.

That led to an angry reaction within the crowd of hundreds of people who attended a meeting in Glen Ellyn Wednesday night.

The severance package is worth $763,000.

Opponents are criticizing the amount and how Breuder’s contract was approved without public discussion.

The board first approved the buyout last week.

But college attorney Kenneth Florey said there was a mistake at that meeting.

He said trustees voted on it before they voted on whether to end the debate on the issue.

So they voted again last night, and they got the same result.

The buyout passed six to one.

“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have severance packages, but we do have a contract that gives him, that if we end the contract, we owe him the balance of the contract,” trustee Kim Savage said. “The right thing to do is come up with a solution that is in the best interest of everyone. It will allow us to move forward and change the direction, and it will end up saving money in terms of cost long term.”

Trustee Katharine Hamilton was the only one to vote against it.

“I ask that every voter in the College of DuPage district 502, watch this vote very carefully,” said Hamilton.

Last September, faculty members of the school overwhelmingly passed a vote of ‘no confidence’ in President Breuder.

The vote came after exposure of embarrassing emails in which he discussed a ploy to wrangle 20-million dollars in additional, but undeserved, state funds.

The Chicago Tribune reports Breuder’s compensation for this year is $484,812. That includes payments for housing, his car, his cellphone, and for professional development.

Breuder was hired in November 2008.

The Tribune reports there have been at least five contract changes that granted him more money and time off. Three of those changes were approved without public discussion.

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  • Diane

    This president came with so much questionable baggage that he should never have been initially hired at COD.
    Unfortunately the current board has no regard for the citizens of Du Page County or the Open Meetings Act.

    . I believe three seats are up for re-election in April and with luck the board will see three new faces. Hopefully the new board members will work on rescinding some of the current contracts thru legal channels or referendums. We need to recall the board, the severance check and the naming of the TSA center.