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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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.