- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - Trustees at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago have voted to void the contract of the community college’s embattled president about a month after they started the process of firing him.

Trustees voted 4-3 Thursday night to void Robert Breuder’s contract and declare him an at-will employee, which means he has no contract and can be fired. Breuder is on paid administrative leave and is set to retire in March.

The board contends that it doesn’t have to give Breuder a severance deal worth $763,000, Board of Trustees attorney Timothy Elliott said. The deal, which ends his tenure three years early, is being investigated by law enforcement.

Officials with the school argue that the previous board of trustees that hired Breuder didn’t have authority to give him a contract.

“No board may bind future boards by entering into employment agreements with individuals in positions such as Dr. Breuder’s that extend beyond that board’s term,” board Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton said.

However, trustee Dianne McGuire, who voted against the measure, called it “ridiculous” and could cost the college more money than the severance deal should Breuder sue.

“I don’t see this as being responsible custodians of taxpayer dollars,” McGuire said.

Trustees also voted 4-2 to nix plans to name its Homeland Security Education Center after Breuder. Instead, the building will be named after Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, a Wheaton native who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2008.

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