To paraphrase Isaac Newton, we can only see far because we stand upon the shoulders of giants. At Landmark College, that giant is Dr. Charles Drake, the founder of Landmark College.
At a recent convocation ceremony, founding faculty member Kathy D’Alessio reflected on Dr. Drake’s legacy and his Principles of Teaching. “Principles such as providing ample opportunities for success, being mindful of not assuming anything about the student, and spiraling back for good learning were polished and scrubbed until their shine could be seen in every tutorial, in every classroom, and in every advising meeting,” Prof. D’Alessio recalled. "Underlying all of these principles was our belief in each student’s gifts, talents, resilience, and fortitude.”
LC has always honored Dr. Drake’s legacy--for example, by continually enhancing and evolving his initial model to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students who are not served well by the inflexible orthodoxy of conventional education.
Our beautiful campus continues to grow. In 2017, the College will complete construction of a $2 million all-weather athletics field. The Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center opened in 2015 and houses our natural science and mathmatics & computer science programs as well as the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT). LCIRT conducts research and development in the field of LD in partnership with our faculty, staff, and students.
LC continues to go online. We are developing expertise in online and hybrid programming for students with LD, and for educators and professionals in the field of LD. In January 2017, the College signed an agreement with three area school supervisory unions to provide dual enrollment programming for high school students and summer STEM programs for middle school students who learn differently, as well as professional development for their teachers. Many of these efforts intersect with the research we are conducting to determine how the brain works for an individual who learns differently.
These recent changes have been driven by the forethought and vision invested in our 2012-2017 strategic plan. Now the time has come to craft a new strategic plan. A strong team, led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield and informed by stakeholders throughout the campus and across the wider Landmark College community, will launch our next strategic plan in May 2017. As with everything we do here, our new strategic plan will serve and advance the College's mission, which is to transform the way students learn, educators teach, and the public thinks about education.
We must be engineered to adapt to inevitable change in the world, and our students must have core skills, strengths, and competencies that allow them to succeed in an ever-changing and interrelated world. To that end, we have launched Landmark College Works, a comprehensive program that provides more work experience to LC students (whether on-campus or off-campus internships). 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.
Speaking of inevitable change in the world, it seems that every day things get more complicated and concerning. The College supports every one of our students, regardless of their background, their country of origin, their perspective and their opinions. An open-minded view of humankind and the inter-relatedness of our world is among the many intangible elements of our learning-living program.
It is true that one never steps in the same river twice. That is an accurate description of our maturing and highly focused institution. Dr. Drake created something that has grown and changes continually, but at its core remains recognizable, beautiful, and powerful.
There is true value in a Landmark College education. The best way to appreciate this opportunity is to visit us on our campus in Vermont. You will witness our methods, our approaches, our students as they gain more strengths every single day. 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 strong background in biomedical science, research, teaching, and scholarship, he leads Landmark College in this new era of learning for college students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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 more than 20 scientific articles, received NIH and NSF grant funding for research, and led the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Forward thinking and progressive, Dr. 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 and also ensure that the College remains the leader for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD.
Dr. Eden and his wife, Joanne, are the parents of three young children, Atticus, Dexter, and Vivienne. And one big dog, Jack.
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 Landmark for many years to come.
M.A., Duke University
Partner, CK L2 Strategic Partners, LLC
Board Vice Chair
Head of Public Finance Service, Piper Jaffray & Company
J.D., Vanderbilt University
Immigration Attorney, Banta Immigration Law LTD
William R. Cotter
J.D., Seattle University School of Law
Retired Owner, Food Manufacturing Business
J.D., NYU School of Law
M.F.A., University of Hartford
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
President, Landmark College
B.A., Amherst College
Stylist, W by Worth
J.D., NYU School of Law
President, Garzilli Mediation
Bretton Himsworth '90
B.S., Old Dominion University
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Lecturer, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
John D. Lobrano
J.D., NYU School of Law
Partner, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (Retired)
Stephen Moschetta '95
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Attorney, The Moschetta Law Firm
Robert Munley III '89
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law
Attorney, Munley Law
Belle Brooks O'Brien
M.A., University of Maryland
Trustee, The Morgan and Belle O'Brien Foundation
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Grants Administrator, Essex North Shore
Regional Technical School District
B.S., Cornell University
Trustee, Landmark 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
Chief Technology Officer; Director of IT Services
M.B.A., Southern New Hampshire University
B.S., Mathematics, St. Lawrence University
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