By Angela Mennecke
College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau was recently honored with the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce 2018 Distinguished Service Award and Village of Glen Ellyn Distinguished Leader Award for her service, dedication and leadership during her tenure as President of COD.
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Smith and Village of Glen Ellyn Manager Mark Franz announced the surprise farewell awards to Rondeau at the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 5 at the College’s Glen Ellyn campus. View photos from the event.
Awarded since 1963, the Glen Ellyn Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who best represents the spirit of community and has made a continuing positive impact on the quality of life in Glen Ellyn.
“With the two-and-a-half-year tenure Dr. Rondeau has been with us, she has moved mountains,” Smith said. “The relationship between the College of DuPage, the Village of Glen Ellyn, all the civic partners and our residents has never been stronger. Dr. Rondeau helped restore the college’s accreditation, launched the nonprofit Innovation DuPage to promote business growth, and created project Hire-Ed, which focuses on building student success with future employers. Her leadership and dedication to her position has been unparalleled.”
Village of Glen Ellyn Manager Mark Franz praised Rondeau for her prioritizing Innovation DuPage as an economic and educational venture for both the College and the city of Glen Ellyn.
“Dr. Rondeau has been very important to the Village of Glen Ellyn,” Franz said. “We formed an ongoing partnership with College of DuPage, when there wasn’t one before. She has played a major role in the creation of Innovation DuPage, which will promote business growth and job creation, and why we are honored to award her the Distinguished Leader Award.”
Board of Trustees Chairman Deanne Mazzochi expressed her appreciation of Rondeau and her steadfast leadership, as well.
“The Board and I are extremely grateful that she gave us her many gifts, including her honor, her integrity, her reputation, her excellence, her intelligence, her diligence, her insight and many more. But her greatest gift of all was that she brought us joy.”
Dr. Rondeau leaves the College to serve as president of the Naval Postgraduate School after accepting an official request from the Secretary of the Navy, effective January 2019. Dr. Brian Caputo, currently serving as Vice President of Administration and CFO, will serve as the new interim president, bringing more than 35 years of leadership and executive experience.
“My legacy at COD is all of you,” Dr. Rondeau said to the crowd of COD staff and faculty. “My legacy is your faces. It’s every story from staff, faculty and students. I’m proud to say that there is no place I’ve seen that has the spirit and resilience like this College does. I will forever be a Chaparral.”
Dr. Caputo praised Dr. Rondeau for her service, leadership and dedication to the College.
“Service and leadership. Those are two themes that have run through Dr. Rondeau’s professional career,” he said. “Her tenure at the College has been no less distinguished. She has led the college community to a more stable and healthy environment, and she has laid the groundwork for much future success.”
Photo Caption: Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce President Steve Thompson presents College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. (Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)