Dr. Robert L. Breuder, President

Dr. Robert L. Breuder is the fifth president of College of DuPage, which serves more than 28,000 students and is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in Illinois.

Raised in Queens, New York, Dr. Breuder earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University in 1972 and began his career as an instructor of Botany at Paul Smith’s College in New York. At the age of 36, Dr. Breuder became the youngest community college president in the nation at Pennsylvania College of Technology (formerly Williamsport Area Community College) in Williamsport, Penn. Prior to arriving at College of DuPage in January 2009, he was President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill., where he had served since 1998.

At College of DuPage, President Breuder has envisioned and developed an array of innovative programming that has led to enhanced academic offerings, cutting-edge technological advances, vastly improved facilities and superior financial performance.

Recently, he oversaw the development of the College’s 3+1 program, which allows students to take all four years of a baccalaureate degree with a partner university on the COD campus, saving students and their families tens of thousands of dollars. President Breuder is currently chairing a commission comprised of Illinois community college presidents to study the national trend of community colleges offering select applied technology and science bachelor’s degrees.

A brief list of some of President Breuder’s achievements since his arrival at College of DuPage in January 2009 includes adding more than 50 certificates and degree programs, securing passage of a $168 million capital referendum during a challenging election cycle, enhancing the College’s financial position and increasing the General Operating fund balance at the end of Fiscal Year 2013 by more than $86 million from $56.9 million at the end of Fiscal Year 2008); and overseeing $550 million in campus improvements involving more than 1 million square feet of enhanced educational space that included four LEED certifications. 

President Breuder’s Huffington Post Blog

Read Dr. Robert L. Breuder's Blog on the Huffington Post website.

Interview with President Breuder

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Dr. Robert L. Breuder, president of College of DuPage, discusses the College's accomplishments and its focus on the future.