COD Board Approves Contract for New President

By Robyn Johnson

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees approved a contract for new President Dr. Ann Rondeau at a Special Board Meeting on May 5.

The contract, which runs from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019, includes a salary not to exceed $325,000 through June 30, 2017. Click here to view a copy of the contract approved at the May 5 Special Board Meeting.

“The Board has learned from past experience,” said Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi. “This is a straightforward contract with no hidden clauses or benefits. We view this as a model of transparency.” 

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted during a May 2 Special Board Meeting to select Dr. Rondeau to serve as the sixth president in the College’s 49-year history. The College conducted a nationwide search to fill the position.

Previously, Dr. Rondeau served as a consultant and partner with IBM Watson Group. She is a past president of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington, DC. Dr. Rondeau has 26 years of experience in significant military and educational roles, including Deputy Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command in Illinois, Pentagon Director/Chief of Staff for the U.S. Navy Staff, Commander of the Navy Personnel Development Command in Virginia, Commander of the Naval Service Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., Pacific Fleet Staff Chief of Staff in Hawaii, Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity in Tennessee and other staff and commanding responsibilities with policy, support and student service.

Dr. Rondeau’s national reputation comes from her entrepreneurial approach and business savvy, her roles as National Security Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General and as White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Justice. Click here to view Dr. Rondeau's responses during a public forum held during the Presidential Search process at College of DuPage.

“Dr. Rondeau brings to this College a wealth of leadership experience, as well as a strong sense of duty and loyalty to the constituencies she serves,” Chairman Mazzochi said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Rondeau preside over this institution as we move toward a more vibrant future.”

College of DuPage is an accredited community college that serves more than 29,000 students each term. The College, which grants nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates in 100 areas of study, is the second largest provider of public undergraduate education in Illinois.

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