College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, on paid administrative lead since April, is officially out of a job. Now, he's suing the board of trustees that ousted him.
The Board of Trustees voted 4 to 1 at a special meeting Tuesday night to terminate him, effective immediately. Breuder had been president since January 2009.
Two months ago, the Board authorized termination proceedings to begin after receiving the results of an outside counsel’s internal investigation. The college “found evidence of misconduct and mismanagement, which Dr. Breuder participated in, oversaw, or failed to prevent,” according to information presented to the board.
“This somber moment for the College of DuPage follows extensive investigation and careful consideration, but it also signals a new beginning by officially ending the fraud, waste, and abuse of the Breuder era and enabling COD to fully embark down a new path toward a better tomorrow,” said Board Chairman Katharine Hamilton.
Breuder says the chairwoman of the College of DuPage board and her supporters ran a campagin to tarnish his reputation and violated his constitutional rights.
Dr. Joseph E. Collins was named Interim Acting President when Breuder was placed on leave. The college formally launched a national search for a new president last month.
The termination occurred as the College is preparing to respond to a draft report issued last week by the Higher Learning Commission, COD’s accrediting body. The 45-page report confirmed the substantive failures of the Breuder era, despite a glowing 2014 accreditation review.