College of DuPage Community,
The events of the past week have undoubtedly plunged this country into an incredibly difficult set of circumstances. Our nation has been significantly impacted in a variety of ways by the tragic killing of George Floyd – leaving us grasping for answers.
On the surface, it can appear that little ground has been made since the Civil Rights Movement began 60 years ago. The events of the past week have made it very clear that racism still exists in this country and the pain associated with it runs deep.
At College of DuPage, we have four core values that we underscore in all that we do: integrity, honest, respect and responsibility. One of our Board policies includes non-discrimination provisions focused on protecting the rights of all students and employees.
College of DuPage celebrates diversity. We support ALL of our students and employees. Racism is unacceptable and we pledge to do everything we can to show our community that brilliance shines in every individual.
COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, and we have only begun to understand the long-term ramifications the ongoing pandemic will have on our collective and individual well-being. Now, in the aftermath of the recent tragic events we have experienced, many of us may feel lost.
Yet, this is not a time to despair. I see hope in people of all backgrounds coming together to clean up the debris. They are helping one another and, as a result, showing us a way to begin healing.
The only way to deal with racism is by recognizing its existence and educating people on the importance of equity and inclusion. A multicultural society will enrich all of our lives by opening us up to new ideas that broaden our ability to understand and accept one another.
College of DuPage is completely committed to equity and inclusion as well as providing the tools we need to build a world that celebrates all of us. When conditions permit, we look forward to coming back to campus to continue to demonstrate that commitment.
Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.
College of DuPage
Dr. Brian W. Caputo: President of College of DuPage
Brian W. Caputo serves as the President of College of DuPage, bringing more than 35 years of strategic management and leadership experience drawn from a broad range of senior executive positions in higher education, local government, and the military. Previously, Dr. Caputo was the Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer for the College. At College of DuPage, he has been integrally involved in developing key academic and career training programs, including Guided Pathways (a structured program to enhance student success), Project Hire-Ed (a workforce development initiative), and Innovation DuPage (a business incubator/accelerator/training facility). He has also spearheaded major financial transparency initiatives. Dr. Caputo currently teaches accounting courses at the College and has been a full-time faculty member at Central Michigan University as well as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University.
Before coming to College of DuPage, Dr. Caputo was the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer of the City of Aurora, Illinois, for nearly 19 years. A certified public accountant, Dr. Caputo is a member of the national Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He also serves as a member of the Commission on Structured Pathways of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Dr. Caputo holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in Accountancy from DePaul University, and an M.P.A. from Northern Illinois University. He earned a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University with public administration as a primary area of study.
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