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Education

College of DuPage to hold special meeting on President Breuder's retirement contract

College of DuPage Board President Robert Breuder listens during Thursday's meeting, during which the Board of Trustees approved an early retirement plan for Breuder.
College of DuPage Board President Robert Breuder listens during Thursday's meeting, during which the Board of Trustees approved an early retirement plan for Breuder.

GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Wednesday night to further address President Robert Breuder's retirement.

The college made the announcement Monday night with a brief statement that said the trustees would meet to "clarify a procedural motion" regarding Breuder's contract. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 2200 of the Student Services Center.

Joe Moore, the vice president of communications for the college, did not provide additional details about why the board would be meeting. Board Chairwoman Erin Birt could not be reached for comment about what the board will address at the meeting.

Watchdog groups Edgar County Watchdogs and For The Good of Illinois claim the meeting was called in response to a lawsuit the two organizations intended to file alleging an Open Meetings Act violation Jan. 22.

At the board's meeting last week, the college voted 6-1 to approve changes to Breuder's contract that would allow him to retire on March 31, 2016. His contract originally ran through June 30, 2019.

In addition, he would receive a lump sum payment of $762,867.77, have the Homeland Security Education Center named after him and assist in the search for the next president.

"Between now and then I will continue to help ensure our college remains well positioned for the future," Breuder said in a letter to the board announcing his retirement.

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