Katharine Hamilton resigned Sunday from her position as chairwoman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees due to unspecified "personal reasons."
She announced her immediate resignation in a letter Sunday evening addressed to College of DuPage students, faculty and community members.
"It is with sadness . . . that for personal reasons I am resigning from this board effective immediately," the letter stated. "I have enjoyed working together with my fellow trustees to build upon the strengths of COD and address its future needs. I will miss the collaboration and energetic debate that marks the COD board as one that is so caring and committed to all of its stakeholders."
Hamilton, who became board chairwoman in April, resigned in the midst of the College of DuPage's search for a new president.
Former College of DuPage president Robert Breuder was fired in October. After his firing, Breuder filed suit against Hamilton and the three other board members who voted to unseat him, alleging that his job termination violated five contractual and constitutional protections, including his 14th amendment right to due process.
Breuder's suit also alleges that the four board members who voted to fire him engaged in a "witch-hunt" due to "their personal biases and political interests." Two other fired College of DuPage administrators have sued Hamilton and other school officials alleging they were unlawfully terminated.
Federal and state investigations are underway into spending and other problems at the College of DuPage.