Dear current and future members of the Landmark College community:
At LC, we use the terms different, differences, and differently quite often. It has been said that an institution that is “different” must be different in a strategic way—otherwise it runs the risk of simply being “odd.” Being different in a strategic and purposeful way certainly describes LC, a particularly important and student-centered College. Our strategy, our goals and objectives, and our evidence-based actions employed each day are grounded in the understanding that many students not only learn in different ways but they tend to succeed when provided a learning and living environment that differs from often rigid and conventional higher education models.
Although LC is a smaller college (we like the term optimally sized) we provide to students and their families a heavily-resourced model with many choices. We have intentionally engineered “on-ramps and off-ramps” for our degrees and programs. For example, at LC some students want and need our model for a Bridge Semester, which could actually be for one or two semesters. Others may find the associate degree programs best-suited for their college and career goals and objectives, while others target our baccalaureate programs. LC is, simultaneously, a “four-year” college, a “two-year” college, and a “transition program” college—and therefore we are an increasingly comprehensive college that offers many paths to college credit, to competencies and capabilities, to credentials, and to success.
The terms “Center” and neurodiversity can be found quite a bit at LC. We have established a new Center for Neurodiversity (CND), which will among other things advance understanding and public perception of the benefits of a neurodiverse society and workforce. By neurodiverse, we mean not only individuals with autism, but also those with dyslexia, ADHD, and/or executive function challenges. The Center is a platform and conduit for LC’s position and expertise in the field of LD, and it complements and supports many activities at LC, including those in research and development through the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT). We are delighted to have John Elder Robison serve as LC’s visiting lecturer and advisor to the Center for Neurodiversity this year.
At LC, we are diverse in a number of ways. In addition to neurodiversity, we are committed to diversity in many other realms. Our Centers for Diversity and Inclusion help us to support every student regardless of background, belief, orientation, 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.
In addition to the development of our Centers, LC continues to expand the academic program options for our students. A new Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on learning differences and neurodiversity was launched in fall 2018. A Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership is pending approval by our accrediting body, and we expect to offer it in fall 2019. We also continue to develop expertise in online and hybrid programming for students with LD, and for educators and professionals in the field of LD. We offer dual enrollment college credit for students in high school or in post-graduate (aka gap/transition) year programs, through formal partnerships with secondary schools. Additionally, LC has recently begun granting post-baccalaureate credits for our expanding online certificate program in LD and Neurodiversity.
At Landmark College, we understand that students must gain skills and experiences that will provide competencies needed outside a college campus. Therefore, we offer a number of options in the area of experiential learning. The newest component of that program is our Employment Readiness Experience, 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.
If you have not visited this college, you must do so. 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. When visiting LC, you will see how our beautiful campus continues to grow. In 2017, the College completed construction of a $2 million all-weather athletics field, Charles Drake Field. The Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center opened recently and houses our natural science and mathematics & computer science programs as well as LCIRT, our research and discovery operations (many students intern at LCIRT).
Please visit us on our 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. And one big dog, Jack, and a Siamese cat, Archie.
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.
M.A., Duke University
Partner, CK L2 Strategic Partners, LLC
Board Vice Chair
B.A., Amherst College
Stylist, W by Worth
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
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, Essex North Shore
Regional Technical School District
J.D., Stanford University Law School
Partner, Gunderson Dettmer Stough
B.S., Purchase College
Chief Administrative Officer, Rhodes Associates Inc.
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
- John Perkins, J.D., Harvard Law. Partner, Palmer & Dodge (retired)
- 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
Director of 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
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
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Antioch University New England
B.A., Social Work, Antioch College