Public speaks of ideal president

Kelly Wynne, News Editor

College of DuPage hosted a public form on Dec. 14, giving community members the opportunity to voice qualities they hope to see in a new president.

Many who spoke in the public comment held similar concerns and hopes. The idea of a leader with prior educational experience, not only in administration, but in a classroom, was a common want. Other characteristics included a leader with great humility and an ability to create an environment based on trust.

The Courier spoke to faculty and administration about Former President Robert Breuder in November. These conversations unearthed a divide between constituencies due to Breuder’s leadership style, one which many have said to be “manipulative.”

This theme carried on in faculty comment at the Dec. 14 meeting. A handful mentioned their wish for a leader who embraces and respects all constituency groups.

COD English Professor Thomas Tipton spoke of a president who is “ethical, humble and collaborative.” He also mentioned a wish for “true governance,” rather than a leader supporting COD as a political-heavy environment.

Mary Crow, Glen Ellyn resident, expressed her desire for a president who not only cares about the college, but cares about fostering relationships with community businesses.

The presidential search committee, lead by Chairman Lee Daniels, will review applicants in the upcoming months. Applicants will be selected for review with the help of William E. Hay and CO., an outside firm that specializes in executive selection.

Applications for the position are due Jan. 11, 2016. No selection date has been set.