Joseph Cassidy
Trustee, Elected 2022
Doctorate of Education, Benedictine University

Joseph Cassidy, MBA, EdD. He has served as the Dean of Continuing Education at College of DuPage since June 2010. In this role, he oversees Adult Basic Education and English Language Acquisition, Adult Enrichment, Corporate and Professional Training, Public Service and Safety and the Youth Academy programs. The collective programs enroll over 28,000 each year and serve a district of over 1 million community members.

Cassidy was named the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development in 2018 at College of DuPage and has received the Illinois Performance Excellence (Baldrige), Star Performer award and a Certificate of Commendation from Illinois State Governor, Pat Quinn for his support of the 2012 NATO Summit. He earned his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in 2021. He also has an MBA in Marketing Management as well as a BA in English Education from Northern Illinois University.

Under his leadership, College of DuPage Continuing Education has launched numerous career training programs such as Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, Massage Therapy, Truck Driving (CDL) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as well as an Aviation degree program.

Cassidy is an intrapreneur, leading rapid program development through Continuing Education, expanding economic development through the Business Development Center and now Innovation DuPage, a 501c3 business incubator/accelerator founded in 2018, where he serves as President and Chair. Cassidy also serves as Treasurer for the Regional Workforce Board, as a board member for Choose DuPage and as a trustee for the National Council for Continuing Education and Training. You can find Joe on LinkedInCollege of DuPage and Innovation DuPage.

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