Communication to COD Community: A Message from the President of College of DuPage
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, I have maintained that the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and administrators is the College's top priority. As you know, when the College was initially thrust into the pandemic, various COVID-19 safety protocols were put in place to help mitigate any significant issues on the main campus and at the centers. Our Facilities Department, screeners, and countless others have done an exceptional job in helping us maintain the safety and well-being of the entire college community. Moreover, I am pleased to share that we have had no known transmissions of the coronavirus at the College and we will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We are all in this together and must all do our part to keep COD safe!
Last week, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) issued recommendations strongly encouraging colleges and universities to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees. In addition, just this week Tuesday, the CDC updated its guidance regarding wearing masks indoors. As we approach the beginning of the fall term, please note the following updates regarding how we plan to forge ahead:
Based on the CDC's recent updated guidance, face masks will be required for the fall term for all faculty, staff, administrators, students, and visitors--with the exception of fully vaccinated individuals working alone in their offices. Please note that a new mask protocol is being developed to provide additional details and address specific situations. Of course, as environmental changes occur, we will adjust accordingly.
After recently soliciting input from Cabinet Officers, the Shared Governance Council, and a host of additional faculty, staff, and administrators from various levels of the institution, I believe that following the ICCB and IBHE’s recommendation to require vaccinations affords the best opportunity to continue to provide a safe environment for everyone.
Beginning January 1, 2022, we are planning to institute a requirement that all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who wish to take in-person or hybrid courses must be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination status will also be required. Additional guidance will be provided regarding the process for requesting an exemption for medical or religious reasons.
We are currently working on putting an infrastructure in place to adhere to these new COVID-19 protocols. More information is forthcoming and I will share additional details in the coming weeks.
Now is the time for everyone to join in the fight against COVID-19. Therefore, if you are not vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to do so before the start of the fall term.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration on this most important matter.
Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.
College of DuPage
Dr. Brian W. Caputo, President of College of DuPage
Brian W. Caputo became the President of College of DuPage in July of 2019. He brings to the presidency more than 35 years of strategic management and leadership experience drawn from a broad range of senior-level positions in higher education, local government, and the military. Prior to his appointment to the position of President, Dr. Caputo served for two years as the College’s Vice President for Administrative Affairs & Chief Financial Officer.
Upon assuming the College presidency, Dr. Caputo embarked upon an aggressive planning process to chart the course of the institution through 2026. The process culminated with the establishment of a new Strategic Long-Range Plan. The plan established student success; arts, culture, and community engagement; economic development; and organizational culture as the College’s strategic pillars.
Dr. Caputo has sought to advance student success at the College through focused implementation of its Guided Pathway Initiative. Guided Pathways is a framework designed to help students effectively choose, enter, and complete a program of study that aligns with their goals for employment and further education.
Equity is of the utmost importance to Dr. Caputo. In early 2020, he led the College in the development of its first equity plan. The plan seeks to close achievement gaps currently existing for students of color and those who are under-resourced by 2025. Dr. Caputo serves as the presiding officer of the College’s Equity and Access Team that is supporting the implementation of the equity plan.
A strong advocate for regional economic development, Dr. Caputo has been deeply involved in the College’s Project Hire-Ed. Project Hire-Ed is a workforce development program that will better align post-secondary education with workforce skill requirements through partnerships with area employers. Moreover, Dr. Caputo was a member of the executive team at the College that supported the creation of Innovation DuPage, a business incubator-accelerator designed to promote economic growth by leveraging partnerships with public and private entities. Presently, he serves as a Director of Choose DuPage, the county’s economic development agency.
Dr. Caputo’s teaching experience includes positions as a full-time faculty member at Central Michigan University and an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University. He has also been a lecturer in numerous academic and professional capacities. Dr. Caputo regularly teaches classes in accountancy at College of DuPage.
Before coming to College of DuPage, Dr. Caputo served as the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer of the City of Aurora, Illinois for nearly 19 years.
In 2015, Dr. Caputo became a Board Member on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The GASB is a seven-member board responsible for establishing and improving accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments in the United States, including public institutions of higher education.
Dr. Caputo is a member of the Commission on Structured Pathways of the American Association of Community Colleges. He is also a member of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents and serves on the council’s Finance Committee.
A fervent supporter of youth development, Dr. Caputo has worked as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for decades. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1977. Currently, Dr. Caputo serves on the Executive Board of the Three Fires Council of the BSA as the council’s Vice President for Governance. In 2021, the National Eagle Scout Association recognized Dr. Caputo with its Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for distinguished service to the community.
In 2020, Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Dr. Caputo as a Notable Veteran Executive. The Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognized Dr. Caputo with its Model Administrator Award in 2018. Additionally, The Daily Herald Business Ledger named him the 2014 Government CFO of the Year.
Dr. Caputo holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Accountancy from DePaul University, and an M.P.A. from Northern Illinois University (NIU). He earned a Ph.D. degree from NIU with fields of study in public administration, public policy, and government finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Finance Officer.
In 2004, Dr. Caputo retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his more than 22 years of active and reserve military service, he specialized in financial and human resources management.
Dr. Caputo and his wife, Karen, have lived in Community College District 502 since 1998. All three of their children attended College of DuPage.
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