The board of the College of DuPage voted 4 to 3 Thursday night to void the contract of President Robert Breuder, The Chicago Tribune reported. Breuder is currently on leave from his position, and the vote could clear the way for the board to dismiss him and also to ignore a deal it made to pay Breuder $763,000 to retire in March 2016, ahead of the end of his contract. Breuder and the contract have received considerable criticism for his spending decisions, and for previous board members' support for him. The board members who backed the action Thursday said that they were acting because previous board members inappropriately pledged that they would support the president in certain ways, such as through his contract provisions. But other board members said that the previous contract -- however much they might disagree with it -- couldn't simply be voided, and that the college now faced the risk of being sued.
The board also voted Thursday night to remove Breuder's name from a college building.