Suburban Life News: Public airs grievances over leaked College of DuPage email, President Breuder responds
Friday, July 18, 2014 1:27 a.m. CDT
GLEN ELLYN – Members of the public expressed displeasure Thursday with College of DuPage President Robert Breuder during the first Board of Trustees meeting since an email from the president discussing how to obtain $20 million in state funding leaked.
The email was sent by Breuder to trustees May 9 and adressed finding a way to free up millions that had been promised to the college, but not delivered.
In the email, Breuder suggested board members publicly request a “politically attractive” teaching facility. He also said he thought they should get the money first and then find a use for it.
At its June 26 meeting, the board voted 6-1 to approve a $30 million appropriation for the building, with the expectation that $20 million would be provided by the state.
After the email leaked, a spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said the college would not receive the funds.
Faculty association President Glenn Hansen read an open letter to the board from the faculty senate, urging members to open an investigation into Breuder’s comments.
“The statements in the email by the president are evidence of an attitude and deeply held belief that violates our trust and are in opposition to board policies,” Hansen said.
“Your silence supports and condones this email,” he said.
Several members of the public called the email “embarrassing,” including Denise Cattoni.
“I have no confidence in Dr. Breuder as the head of College of DuPage,” she said.”I think Dr. Breuder should resign.”
Chuck Hamm, a Wheaton resident, said the college should hold off on building until after the economic downturn.
“This is not the way for the Board of Trustees to maintain a strong fiduciary responsibility,” Hamm said.
Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of For The Good of Illinois, the group that leaked Breuder’s email, said the board should be ashamed.
“Dr. Breuder is embarrassing you,” he said.
In all, 14 people spoke out about Breuder and the email.
Board members did not respond to the public’s comments, but after the meeting, Breuder said he was not concerned.
“These 20 people do not represent the public at large,” he said.
Breuder called the public comments a “coordinated, orchestrated attack on the College of DuPage.” He went on to defend the email.
“That email was nothing more than me wanting to get the board on the same page with where we are going,” Breuder said, calling the release of the email a “breach of good ethics.”
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