Office of the President

Dr. Brian W. Caputo: Interim President of College of DuPage

Dr. Brian Caputo

Dr. Brian Caputo

Brian W. Caputo became the Interim President of College of DuPage in January of 2019. He brings to the presidency more than 35 years of strategic management and leadership experience drawn from a broad range of senior-level positions in higher education, local government, and the military.

Prior to assuming the position of Interim President, Dr. Caputo served for approximately two years as the College’s Vice President for Administration and Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer). In this role, he directed more than 300 staff members providing operational support to the College in the areas of financial administration, budgeting, business affairs (including procurement and auxiliary enterprises), risk management, public safety, facilities, and information technology. Dr. Caputo spearheaded major financial transparency initiatives culminating with the publication of the institution’s inaugural Budget-in-Brief and Popular Annual Financial Report, which both received national awards. He also facilitated an increase in the College’s general obligation bond rating with Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings from AA to AA+.

Dr. Caputo has been integrally involved in the College’s two major academic initiatives: Guided Pathways and Project Hire-Ed. Guided Pathways is an institution-wide framework designed to help students effectively choose, enter, and complete a program of study that is aligned with their goals for employment and further education. Project Hire-Ed is a workforce development program that will better align post-secondary education with certain workforce skill requirements through partnerships with area employers. Moreover, Dr. Caputo was a member of the executive team at the College that supported the creation of Innovation DuPage, a business incubator-accelerator designed to promote regional economic growth by leveraging partnerships with public and private entities.

Dr. Caputo’s teaching experience includes positions as a full-time faculty member at Central Michigan University and an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University. He has also been a lecturer in numerous academic and professional capacities. Currently, Dr. Caputo teaches accounting at College of DuPage.

Before coming to College of DuPage, Dr. Caputo served as the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer of the City of Aurora, Illinois for nearly 19 years. His previous experience in public financial administration includes positions with the Village of Mount Prospect, Village of Hoffman Estates, and Village of LaGrange, Illinois. He also worked as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in Chicago.

In 2015, Dr. Caputo became a Board Member on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The GASB is a seven-member board responsible for establishing and improving accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments in the United States, including institutions of higher education.

Dr. Caputo serves on the Board of Directors of Choose DuPage. Additionally, he is the Vice Chair of the Illinois Community College Risk Management Consortium and the Treasurer of the (Illinois) Community College Health Consortium.

Among Dr. Caputo’s professional affiliations are the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Government Financial Officers Association (IGFOA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. He is a past President of the IGFOA.

In 2018, the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognized Dr. Caputo with its Model Administrator Award. The Daily Herald Business Ledger named him the Government CFO of the Year in 2014.

Dr. Caputo holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Accountancy from DePaul University, and an M.P.A. from Northern Illinois University (NIU). He earned a Ph.D. degree from NIU with fields of study in public administration, public policy, and government finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Finance Officer.

In 2004, Dr. Caputo retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his more than 22 years of active and reserve military service, he specialized in financial and human resources management.

All three of Dr. Caputo’s children attended College of DuPage. Dr. Caputo and his wife, Karen, have lived in Community College District 502 since 1998.


Contact Information

Office of the President
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn IL 60137



Business Officer Magazine Column

Extensive experiences as a city treasurer and a community college CFO have enabled Brian Caputo to bring a wide-ranging view to governmental financial reporting.

Daily Herald ColumnMarch 1, 2019

Attending College of DuPage can help ease student debt

Dr. Brian Caputo


Welcome to 2019 Spring Semester at COD

Dr. Caputo Welcomes you to College of DuPage.

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