Dear current and future members of the Landmark College community:
At LC, we recognize that we have all of the elements of a traditional college, but augmented and strengthened in a way that allows us to help students succeed as a specialty college too. Neurodiverse students with a learning difference (for example, dyslexia, ADHD, autism, executive function challenges) expect and need the complete college experience and outcomes, but often realize that conventional “learning and living” programs lack the support and understanding required for them to fulfill their potential. Landmark College stands nearly alone in providing just that. During this challenging COVID period, LC has the added benefit of being a small, student- and wellness-centered institution that is particularly well-engineered to manage this pandemic – which, along with the safety of Vermont in general, we have done very well.
LC provides to students and their families a heavily-resourced model with many choices. We have intentionally designed “on-ramps and off-ramps” for our degrees and programs. At LC, some students want and need a Bridge Experience, which could be one or two semesters. Others may find the associate degree programs best-suited for their college and career goals, while others target our baccalaureate programs. LC continues to expand the academic program options for our students. A new Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences was launched for Fall 2020. Other recent additions to our academic programs, in addition to the aforementioned online offerings, include a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Our online programs are growing, too, and include High School Online Dual Enrollment; LC@Home, which offers a fully online courseload for first-year students and qualifying upper-level students; a certificate program, online workshops, and webinars for professionals. We are actively developing additional online programs including first year/transition-type offerings and more. Therefore, LC is, simultaneously, a “four-year” college, a “two-year” college, and a “transition program” college which thus offers many paths to college credit, competencies, skills, credentials, and ultimately to student success.
LC’s Center for Neurodiversity (CND) helps us advance understanding and public perception of the benefits of a neurodiverse society and workforce. The Center is a platform and vehicle for LC’s position and expertise in the field of LD, and it complements and supports activities at LC, including research and development through the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT). John Elder Robison serves as LC’s visiting lecturer and advisor to the CND and routinely meets with students to help them realize their unique strengths.
In addition to neurodiversity, Landmark is committed to diversity in many other realms. Our Centers for Diversity and Inclusion help us to support every student regardless of background, race, ethnicity, beliefs, gender identity, or other—and also to help all LC community members better understand why commonalities must be stressed, and why dialogue must be intentionally created here and beyond the campus.
At Landmark College, we understand that students must gain skills and experiences that will provide competencies needed outside a college campus. Therefore, our Office of Career Connections offers a number of options in the area of experiential learning. The Employment Readiness Experience is designed to provide students with a structured, highly supportive career-building experience on our own campus. We have also strengthened our internship program, and we continue to grow the number and variety of credit-bearing internships available to LC undergraduates.
In-person visits are difficult at this time; however, they are not impossible. We are scheduling visits to campus carefully and in accordance with all safety guidelines. Please review the guidelines and schedule a visit, or contact our Admissions Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also hosting virtual open houses and events, and of course I am always willing to meet with parents of prospective, current, or past students in person or by video conference. The difficult decision in choosing a college is made much easier when you can hear from and interact with directly current students, faculty, and staff. If travel guidelines allow, please visit us on our beautiful, 125-acre campus in southern Vermont. That is the best way to see that there is true value in a Landmark College education, that this model is more accessible and affordable than one might think, and that we change lives every day by focusing on strengths, not weaknesses.
I look forward to meeting you.
Peter Eden, Ph.D.
Landmark College President
About the President
Peter A. Eden, Ph.D., took office as the fourth president of Landmark College on July 1, 2011. His passion for learning, innovation, and discovery infuses his aspirations for the College’s future.
A firm believer that “higher education is constantly evolving,” Dr. Eden embraces technology and feels that the orthodoxy of higher ed does not serve all students particularly well. With a background in biomedical science, research, teaching, and scholarship, and being neurodivergent himself, he leads Landmark College in this new era of learning for college students with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and executive function challenges.
Prior to joining Landmark College, Dr. Eden served as dean of arts and sciences and professor of biotechnology at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was previously a tenured associate professor and chair of the science department at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was also a research fellow at the Jackson Laboratory and a visiting professor at the College of the Atlantic, both in Bar Harbor, Maine. Before that, he worked five years at Biomeasure, Inc. (Beaufour-IPSEN) in Milford, Massachusetts, and Paris, France—initially as a molecular biologist, then quickly advancing to research project director.
Dr. Eden earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire and his post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in microbiology, molecular biology, and neurobiology, respectively.
He has published numerous articles, received NIH and NSF grant funding for research, and led the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Forward thinking and progressive, President Eden enjoys working very closely with the faculty and staff as they explore the development of new programs that promise to enhance learning at Landmark College and also ensure that the College remains the leader for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism.
Dr. Eden and his wife, Joanne, are the parents of three young children, Atticus, Dexter, and Vivienne.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of Landmark College supporters who regularly provide insight, oversight, and foresight to the College and President. Governed by a set of by-laws, the Trustees work with the President and College community in guiding important strategic planning initiatives and necessary changes at the College, and, through the Board’s fiduciary duty, ensure the stability and viability of LC for many years to come.
B.A., Amherst College
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Board Vice Chair
J.D., Stanford University Law School
Partner, Gunderson Dettmer Stough
B.S., Marquette University
President, MJE Enterprises
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
Immigration Attorney, Banta Immigration Law LTD
J.D., Seattle University School of Law
Retired Owner, Food Manufacturing Business
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
President, Landmark College
LL.M., New York University School of Law
President and Real Estate Executive, Celestial Capital Group
B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University
Principal, Fradkin & McAlpin Architects
B.S., Old Dominion University
Vice President, CentralEd
B.A., University of Rochester
Owner and Executive Vice President, Lamart Corp.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Instructor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (Retired)
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Attorney, The Moschetta Law Firm
M.A., University of Maryland
Trustee, The Morgan and Belle O’Brien Foundation
M.S., Monmouth University
Executive Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer, Blue Jeans Network
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Grants Administrator, North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District
Arthur Page, Board Counsel, Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Jon MacClaren, Treasurer and Executive Vice President and CFO, Landmark College
Carol Nardino, Clerk to the Board and Institutional Advancement, Landmark College
- Robert Munley, J.D., Temple University. Partner, Munley Law (deceased)
- John Perkins, J.D., Harvard Law. Partner, Palmer & Dodge (deceased)
- Charles Strauch, B.S., Lehigh University. Owner, GA Services
Comprised of senior administrators from key offices and divisions of the College, President’s Council meets weekly to formally review opportunities, risks, challenges, and more that affect the operations of the College. President’s Council meetings routinely include members of the faculty, staff, and student body, in order to promote and strengthen shared governance practices.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of New Hampshire
B.S., Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Vice President for Educational Research and Innovation
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
M.S., Special Education, Pennsylvania State University
M.A./B.A., Economics, University of Delhi, India
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
B.A., Journalism, Northeastern University
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., Education, Capella University
M.S., Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation; Syracuse University
B.S., Communication Arts and Sciences, Lyndon State College
Director of Information Technology Services
Vice President for Student Affairs
M.B.A., Assumption College
B.A., Assumption College
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Professional M.B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., Historic Preservation, Boston University
B.A., Architectural History, Syracuse University
Vice President for Enrollment Management
M.B.A., Management/Marketing, Anna Maria College
B.A., Psychology/Art Therapy
Senior Director of Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President