The 1990s

Construction continued on campus during the decade. In 1990, the Seaton Computing Center was dedicated in honor of the College’s first Board of Trustees Chairman, George Seaton. The Naperville and Westmont Regional Centers opened in 1991, both new facilities constructed by the College.

The north half of the Student Resource Center opened in 1995, providing a permanent home to the Library and the Bookstore. The Culinary program opened the Escoffier Dining Room, where patrons could sample meals prepared by students. The 18-acre Russell R. Kirt Prairie included a reconstructed prairie and savanna, with more than a half mile of trails.

Under Dr. Michael T. Murphy, who became the College’s third President in 1994, College of DuPage offered its first online curriculum in 1997, using the Internet and email to deliver courses. In 1999, the College launched the Adult Fast Track program, which provided an accelerated format for adult students to complete their associate’s degrees.

Reflecting the quality of the College’s academic programming, Maureen Dunne, a graduate of the College in 1995 who transferred to the University of Chicago, became the first community college graduate in history to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.

With District 502 undergoing a period of phenomenal growth, enrollment surpassed 36,000 by the College’s 25th anniversary in 1992, exceeding even that of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Photos of the 1990s

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The Seaton Computing Center is dedicated in 1990 in honor of the College’s first Board of Trustees Chairman, George Seaton (far right).


Students enjoy campus life with the Rainbow Dancer sculpture and Berg Instructional Center behind them.


The north addition to the Student Resource Center opens and is home to the College’s Library, Bookstore and  Jack H. Turner Conference Center.


Li Lanqing, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (above left with College of DuPage President Michael T. Murphy) is one of the many esteemed visitors to the College of DuPage campus.


Speech Professor Marco Benassi charts a course of excellence as
College of DuPage enrollment hits new highs, and COD becomes the country’s largest single-campus community college.


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