GLEN ELLYN, IL--(Marketwired - August 24, 2016) - College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi, Trustees Charles Bernstein and Dianne McGuire, as well as administrators, faculty, staff and members of the Presidential Search Committee recently celebrated the investiture of the College's sixth president, Dr. Ann Rondeau. The ceremony, which took place during fall convocation, included a welcome from Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board. Click here for a video from the event.
"We are here today to celebrate the installation of an exceptionally proven leader, Dr. Ann Rondeau. I could spend hours detailing her exceptional list of past accomplishments, but we (the Board) feel her best accomplishments are yet to come here at College of DuPage," Chairman Mazzochi said. "We want the world to know the incredible value of students who have attended College of DuPage. We work hard to ensure our students receive a deep and broad knowledge base so they can navigate successfully anything the world may offer or demand from them. We ready them for limitlessness. That's a tall order, but Dr. Rondeau is known for being fearless when it comes to orders of any magnitude. We are excited to be on this shared journey."
Expressing her gratitude for being welcomed as COD's sixth president, Dr. Rondeau stressed the importance of communication, collaboration and a renewed focus on student success.
"I am inspired every day by our students, our faculty and all of you who make this institution what it is," she said. "This is a powerful place with a rich legacy and it is also a place with a promising future. I am fully committed to leading and helping our students move forward in their own journeys, as well as helping faculty and staff on their individual journeys toward excellence."
Dr. Rondeau also noted the College's renewed commitment to transparency and accountability.
"Accountability feels good. When it is present, we all depend upon each other and build trust, which in turn, creates optimism," Dr. Rondeau said. "Each of us must share in the responsibility of the 'whole' -- no one person, group or idea will take this college into the future. We must all work together to create the genius that is COD. We must be a united community to lead our students to reach their goals and be an example of positive change. My covenant promise is this: I will be a wholly accessible partner and accountable leader in the growth and future success of our students and to the noble call of education and learning."
College of DuPage is an accredited community college that serves more than 29,000 students each term. The College, which grants nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates in 100 areas of study, is the second largest provider of public undergraduate education in Illinois.
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