College of Lake County
About Our College
In 1968, A. Harold Anderson and Paul W. Brandel donated 181 acres (73 ha) of land for the Grayslake campus. Dr. Richard G. Erzen was named the first president and served until 1978. The first classes were held on the Grayslake campus on September 25, 1969, with the initial enrollment then was 2,360 students who took 224 courses. Tuition fees in 1969 were $7 per semester hour. At first, classes were offered in a six-building pre-fabricated complex, constructed at a cost of approximately $1 million. In December 1969, a referendum passed authorizing construction of a permanent campus.