Dr. Robert L. Breuder, President
Dr. Robert L. Breuder is the fifth president of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, the second-largest provider of higher education in Illinois and the largest single-campus community college in the nation outside of California.
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.
Since his arrival at College of DuPage, Dr. Breuder has saved College of DuPage taxpayers nearly $3 million through the refinancing of existing construction debt. In addition, under his guidance, College of DuPage has achieved reaffirmation of Aaa bond ratings (the highest possible) from both Moody’s and Standards & Poor’s. Dr. Breuder has also been instrumental in increasing the College’s unallocated fund balance to nearly 60 percent (or $101 million) of the previous year’s operating budget. This increase in fund balance has been achieved during the largest construction and renovation project (almost $600 million) in the College’s 44-year history, with more than one million square-feet of educational space reworked or constructed over the past three years.
In addition, since arriving at College of DuPage, Dr. Breuder has worked with administrators to develop 30 new programs and certificates, as well as 20 new program accreditations. In addition, he has overseen the development of the College’s first-ever 3+1 programs that offer students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees at the Glen Ellyn campus.
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