Kim Duchossois believes in the power of lifelong learning.
Whether helping to cultivate someone’s entrepreneurial spirit – a value embodied by
her enterprising family – or working on her own development, Duchossois is a proponent
of personal and professional growth.
And Harper College, she maintains, is a place where that growth can flourish.
“Harper helps empower people to elevate their socioeconomic status, their productivity
and their overall well-being,” Duchossois said. “I firmly believe that.”
Over the past few years, Duchossois has become a valued donor to the College and an
ambassador on behalf of Harper’s work. To recognize her generous support, which cumulatively
totals more than $1 million, Building D will be known as the Duchossois Family Educational
The Harper College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation at its
November board meeting.
“The generous support Kim Duchossois has demonstrated will have a long-lasting impact
on Harper College’s ability to increase access to quality, affordable education that
improves lives and helps build a vibrant community for residents and businesses,”
said Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer Laura Brown.
One of Harper’s original six buildings, Building D reopened last year after a renovation
transformed the 1969-era structure into a state-of-the-art learning environment. It
houses general classrooms, lecture halls, the temporary library and labs for English
as a Second Language, World Languages and American Sign Language. Its centerpiece
is the popular Beaubien Family Rotunda, which creates an inviting place for students
to meet and study.
Duchossois, a Barrington-area philanthropist and chairman of The Duchossois Family
Foundation, has been instrumental in providing funding for Harper’s Angel Grant program,
which helps both students and community members advance their emerging and active
businesses. She was inspired to get involved with Harper’s entrepreneurship program
by the pioneering business incubator curriculum that Barrington High School rolled
out several years ago.
“Entrepreneurship programs help build confidence, they help develop executive function
and they build leadership,” Duchossois said. “They can be an incredible boost to our
In learning about Harper, she also came to support the Harper College Promise Scholarship
Program, which provides students in Districts 211, 214 and 220 with two years of tuition
at Harper – if they’re willing to earn it.
Duchossois said she was “blindsided” by the idea of having a building named after
her family, but sees it as “a tremendous honor and something to be proud of.”
“Harper is an invaluable asset to the community, and I believe there’s never been
a more critical time to utilize its potential,” she said. “If we can serve as an endorsement
for all the wonderful things happening, then I’m on board with that.”