New Vice President of Administration and Treasurer at College of DuPage

Brian Caputo

By Brian Kleemann

Dr. Brian W. Caputo, the new Vice President of Administration and Treasurer (CFO) at College of DuPage, is no stranger to the institution.

All three of his children have attended COD and he said he has always been impressed by the school’s long-standing academic reputation. Caputo comes to College of DuPage from the City of Aurora, where he worked as the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer since 1998. 

“I have a passion for higher education,” he said. “We accomplished the goals we established when I came to Aurora, and I am now looking forward to serving in my new role at College of DuPage.”

Caputo said one of his goals is to help the general public more easily understand the institution’s finances. In preparing the upcoming FY18 budget, he also is producing a 12- to 15-page “budget-in-brief” that will convey the contents of the College’s budget in a simplified fashion. He would like to do the same for the College’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

“The budget and the CAFR, the College’s two main comprehensive financial reports, can be difficult to sift through,” he said. “The layman-friendly summary documents would present the information in a less dense format that makes it easier to understand.”

Caputo holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University, and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also earned a Ph.D. from NIU with public administration, public policy and government finance as fields of study. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Finance Officer, and he is a past president of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association as well as a past chair of the IGFOA’s Technical Accounting Review Committee. In 2015, Caputo became a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

Before working in Aurora, Caputo was the Director of Finance/Treasurer for the Village of Mount Prospect and Assistant Director of Finance for the Villages of LaGrange and Hoffman Estates. In 2004, Caputo retired from the United States Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel after more than 22 years of active and reserve military service, during which he specialized in financial and human resources management.

Caputo wants College of DuPage employees to know they can rely on Administrative Affairs for help.

“My overall emphasis is to make sure the administrative process is integrated with and supports the other functions at the College, such as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the College community.”

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 28,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

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