College of DuPage President Dr. Brian W. Caputo announces his retirement following the conclusion of his current contract ending June 30, 2024.
“During the past several months, I have carefully weighed the decision to retire as I witness the expansion of my family as well as my oldest son and his wife soon moving closer to the Chicagoland area,” said Dr. Caputo. “My wife, Karen, and I look forward to the next chapter in our lives and to devoting more time to service in our church.”
Dr. Caputo said it has been a privilege to serve the institution and to work with a host of great faculty, staff and administrators committed to student success.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we sincerely thank Dr. Caputo for his presidential leadership over the last five years and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” said Board Chair Christine Fenne.
Prior to obtaining the role as president of COD, Dr. Caputo served two years as Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of the institution from 2017-2019. In January of 2019, he was named interim president with the departure of former president Dr. Ann Rondeau. His three-year contract for president began July 1, 2019, and renewed for two years from 2022-2024.
During his tenure, Dr. Caputo led the efforts to develop the College’s first-ever equity plan, a new institutional mission and the 2022-2026 Strategic Long-Range Plan, and he helped pave the way for increased enrollment. Additionally, he steered the institution through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Caputo and the Board will continue to work together for the good of the College through the end of June, while planning for new leadership.
Fenne said the Board of Trustees commits to a thoughtful and transparent transition process, with regular updates to the college community regarding the progress for new leadership.
“We look forward to creating a collaborative Presidential Search Committee representing all stakeholders,” she said.