College of DuPage Trustee Violated Ethics, Audit Finds

June 19, 2015

There's more bad news coming out of College of DuPage, outside Chicago, after an internal audit revealed that the chair of the two-year institution's board violated the college's ethics policy by helping political allies win seats on the board.

The Chicago Tribune reported that then Vice Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton publicly endorsed candidates and worked on their campaigns earlier this year. She also used her board title in campaign literature. Three candidates who were "handpicked" by Hamilton helped her gain control of the board, according to the Tribune.

When those three candidates -- Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein -- won the April election, they made up a new majority with Hamilton, who then became the chairwoman. The new board also voted to place President Robert Breuder on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of state and federal investigations.

The news is just the latest in a string of controversies the college has faced.

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