Former C.O.D. president to lead Ed.D. program at Benedictine University

Former C.O.D. president to lead Ed.D. program at Benedictine University
March 21, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Former College of DuPage President Sunil Chand, Ph.D., who has been serving as an advisor at Benedictine University through a mutual agreement between C.O.D. and Benedictine, will assume the duties of program director of Benedictine’s doctoral program in Higher Education and Organizational Change (Ed.D.) beginning July 1, 2009. Chand, who served as president of C.O.D. from July 2003 through May 2008, currently holds the position of C.O.D. President Emeritus. He has been providing part-time contract services to Benedictine since February 1, 2009. Through the agreement between C.O.D. and Benedictine, Chand has been working with Alan Gorr, dean of the College of Education and Health Services at Benedictine, and Eileen Kolich, a professor in the School of Education, on Benedictine’s Ed.D. program. The Ed.D. program at Benedictine is intended for practicing professionals who seek to join the higher education community from other professions and opens the door to administrative advancement and teaching opportunities at the collegiate level. The program is currently undergoing work on a curriculum revision, preparation of a new online delivery format and the development of a K-12 component. “C.O.D. is a great partner and a valued friend,” said William J. Carroll, Benedictine University president. “We thank them for the arrangement regarding Dr. Chand’s involvement in our doctoral education program. We appreciate C.O.D. ‘outsourcing’ Dr. Chand to us in an area that fits with his experience and meets our needs.” Chand’s part-time assignment to Benedictine concludes June 30, 2009. He will be on unpaid sabbatical beginning July 1, 2009 through the end of his C.O.D. contract on December 31, 2009. During the sabbatical, Chand will transition into his new position at Benedictine. “Dr. Chand’s significant higher education experience will be an asset to our Ed.D. program,” Carroll said.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.