Dear current and future members of the Landmark College community:
Many colleges and universities have talked about “restarting” because of the 2020-21 pandemic. Landmark College never needed to restart, because we never stopped. This College, and our faculty and staff, recognize that bright, neurodivergent students who learn differently cannot simply turn to another college and university for their education and overall skills development. Therefore, we continued to run our programs since the spring of 2020 whether in-person, online, or a combination – and aided by our unparalleled level of student support and focus on safety. The outcome was a challenging but remarkably successful year in terms of student performance and outcomes, very low levels of COVID positivity (often, with frequent testing, no positives at all) and affirmation that – like our students – this college and its community never, ever, give up.
Restrictions have been lifted greatly, and we are carefully but intentionally resuming “normal” operations. That said, we always run our program in a way that protects our students and gives them the best environment in which to develop as whole human beings and good citizens. Society certainly needs these individuals who often solve problems in different ways, and who represent the strengths found in diversity in different ways.
Our students and their families typically consider Landmark College the best college in the world for students with LD. While it is difficult to quantify “best,” and while we do not argue with this perception, we mostly recognize that LC is the only one with a dedicated model that serves neurodivergent, college-capable students with our particular and extraordinary level of support in and out of the learning environment. We do not have an LD program at Landmark; the entire model is LD-focused, and therefore our students never feel as though they are being treated in a different way… they are simply being taught in a different way, through our many offerings on campus or online.
At LC, students and their families have many choices to fit their needs and ambitions. We have summer programs for college and high school students; a one- or two-semester Bridge Experience for students who need intensive support before returning to college; a post-graduate or gap year option called Transition at College; associate degrees; and we continue to add to our bachelor degree programs. With LC Online, we reach many more learners through our Online Dual Enrollment program for high school students seeking college credit; and starting this fall our college-level, "first-year" online program, College START. There are many on-ramps and off-ramps at LC, and ways to move forward with your aims whether on our beautiful New England campus or online.
Also, as an LC student, one benefits from our tremendous growth in areas of DEI (including the expanding Centers for Diversity and Inclusion), in our discovery and applied research activities, our Study Abroad offerings, our important career readiness program (including internships), our many athletics teams and programs, and so much more. Inclusion is a cornerstone of LC’s model, and we truly walk the walk.
Finally, we recognize that to provide this unique college program, which is simultaneously traditional yet specialized, our institutional expenses are high, thus the cost of attendance can seem daunting to most families. However, the LC Value is such that, through our generous financial aid system, the average “net” cost of attendance is similar to if not lower than that of other institutions which claim to serve students with LD (and often charge extra across the board). You must talk with our staff in Admissions and in Financial Aid. You must visit us to see the campus, meet the students and other members of the community. Once you do this, the door to your future will open and you will be on your way to success. Student success is what matters most to us at Landmark College and we never stop working to provide this to our families.
I look forward to meeting you in person this year! Thank 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
Stylist, W by Worth
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
MBA, Walden University
Neurodiversity CoE Operations Leader and National ASA Tax and Assurance Practice Leader, EY (formerly Ernst & Young)
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
Chief of Innovation and Products, BlueJeans by Verizon
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 Institutional Advancement
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