By Jennifer Duda
The search for a new College of DuPage president is officially underway with the selection of an executive search firm approved by the Board of Trustees and the first meeting of the College’s 16-member Presidential Search Committee.
At their January meeting, College Board members approved a contract with AGB Search to assist in the process, including establishing search goals and leadership priorities to guide the search committee. The Washington, D.C.-based firm specializes in executive searches for higher education institutions and was founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2010.
“Understanding the importance of finding a skilled leader to guide College of DuPage, we feel AGB is best suited for the task and we, as a Board, value the firm’s expertise in the realm of higher education,” said Board and Presidential Search Committee Chairman Frank Napolitano. “We have gathered a diverse representation of volunteers to assist us in what I am sure will be a collaborative process.”
The 16-member Presidential Search Committee includes a wide range of District 502 volunteers affiliated with business, legal, financial, government and education communities. The group also includes members of the COD faculty, administration, managerial and classified staff, as well as a non-voting student representative. In addition to Napolitano, the committee also includes Board Secretary Christine Fenne.
COD’s presidential search begins two months after the departure of former College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau, who resigned to assume leadership at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. The Board unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Brian W. Caputo, Vice President of Administration and CFO at the College, as interim president effective Jan. 1.