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Windham College campus

1971

  • Charles Drake, Ed.D. founds the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA.

1982

  • Landmark School creates a successful college-prep component. This success makes Drake and others on staff begin to consider the feasibility of a college geared exclusively to students with dyslexia.

1983
Putney Saviors

  • The Learning Disabilities Foundation (Landmark School) purchases buildings from the U.S. government.
  • A group of concerned citizens, later known on campus as the Putney Saviors, purchases the land on which the buildings sit from an out-of-state investor and immediately sells it to LDF with no profit to themselves.
  • Landmark College legally established on Nov. 4.

19841988 faculty staff and students stair photo

  • Renovations to transform the old Windham College campus to the new Landmark College campus begins.

1985

  • September 17:  Landmark College, with 55 employees, opens its doors to 77 students.

1986

  • VT Higher Education Council authorizes College to grant an associate degree.
  • Chumley B Residence Hall renovated.

1987

  • Hall Four (Edward Durell Stone Hall) Residence Hall renovated.
  • Self-Study conducted as part of accreditation for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC, now the New England Commission of Higher Education since 2018).

1988

  • Landmark College Day Care opens.
  • First three students graduate with an associate degree. 

1989

  • Davis Residence Hall renovated.

1990

  • First publication of student literary art magazine, Impressions.

Volleyball under the dome

1991

  • Gene Cesari, Ph.D. inaugurated as 2nd President.
  • The College awarded NEASC accreditation (now NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education, since 2018).
  • Faces of Dyslexia stage production tours local schools and colleges.
  • 80 Faculty; 170 students.
  • 700 alumni.
  • Landmark College creates Training Institute for Educators, the precursor to the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training.

1992

  • Fine Arts Building purchased.

1993

1994

  • Lynda J. Katz, Ph.D. inaugurated as the College's 3rd president.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chapter begins.
  • Eleanor Harner, founder of the S.A.L.T. Program, receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.

1995Charles Drake

  • Landmark College sponsors Opening Our Gifts Conference.
  • Fine Arts Building renovated.

1996

1997

  • Charles Strauch, founding trustee and benefactor, receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • Student Center renovated and renamed Strauch Family Student Center.

1998

  • U.S. Representative Carrie Meek and founding faculty member John Bagge receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • Landmark College sponsors Sharing Our Gifts Conference.
  • Frost Residence Hall renovated.
  • Study Abroad program initiated.
  • Admissions Building constructed.

Strauch_Student_Center

1999

  • Edward Hallowell, M.D., noted expert in ADHD, receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • Title VII Grant awarded.
  • Library renovation completed.
  • Kurzweil assistive technology software first made available in the Library.

2000

  • Senator James Jeffords (VT) receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • Men's basketball wins the league title.
  • Ground-breaking for Click Family Sports Center.
  • Title III Grant awarded.

2001Click Family Sports Center

2002

Sports dome2003

  • Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator from VT, receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • Publication of Understanding Learning Disabilities at the Postsecondary Level.
  • Growth and development of the Intramural Sports Program.
  • Beta Alpha Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa receives three awards from the national organization: Pinnacle Award, Five-Star Award, and Milestone Award.

2004Biology Success! faculty

  • Founding trustee John Allen Perkins receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Convocation.
  • East Academic Building, new residence halls, and Dining Hall expansion began.
  • Initiation of Business Studies and Business Administration Degree Programs.
  • Publication of Biology Success! Teaching Diverse Learners.

200520th anniversary ribbon cutting

  • College initiates a service-learning project in Costa Rica.
  • Beta Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa receives 13 awards at the regional convention.
  • The College is awarded a Sony Virtuoso System Education Grant.
  • Renovation of Photography Lab begins with a generous donation.College logo redesign from 2005
  • Bridges Residence Halls, East Academic Building, and expanded Dining Hall open for use.
  • Landmark celebrates the 20th anniversary of founding.
  • New logo unveiled.

2006

  • College launches pilot Executive Function Bridge Semester program.
  • VT Governor Jim Douglas speaks on the Promise of Vermont Initiative at Convocation.
  • Enrollment reaches 450 students.
  • Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. speaks on "How to Recognize Inadequately Treated ADD/ADHD in High IQ College Students."
  • Landmark hosts World Usability Day/New England.

2007

  • College initiates a service-learning project in Chile.
  • 41 students graduate.
  • Phi Theta Kappa co-champions in national case study contest.
  • Alumni reunion takes place in Putney.
  • College presents at annual AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) Conference.

2008

2009

  • Aiken Hall renovated with third-floor addition.
  • Enrollment reaches 498.
  • LCIRT initiates regional workshops model.

Fireworks against black sky

2010

  • College celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2011

 

Landmark College Shark athletics logo

2012

2013Fountain at Fine Arts Building

  • LCIRT holds first annual Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium with the theme "Diverse Technologies for Diverse Minds."
  • Landmark College adopts the motto "Nosce te ipsum" ("Know thyself.")
  • Fine Arts Building fountain restored, flowing for the first time since the campus's Windham College years. (Fountain photo by Landmark College alumnus Brandon Nogueira.)

2014

  • Landmark presents actress Whoopi Goldberg with the inaugural LD Luminary Award at a fundraising gala in New York City.
  • Residence hall Hall Four renamed Edward Durell Stone Hall after the campus's architect.
  • A $1 million gift from noted economist Paul McCulley establishes the Morgan Le Fay Center for Advances in Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship Education.
  • New bachelor's degrees approved: B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Studio Art.

2015

  • College celebrates its 30th anniversary.
  • The Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center opens after a successful $7 million capital campaign.
  • Residence hall Middle Hall renamed Alumni Hall in honor of Landmark College's alumni.
  • A record 77 students graduate during spring commencement.

2016

  • College graduates its first 12 baccalaureate students.
  • National Science Foundation awards $650,000 in STEM scholarship and support.
  • Landmark Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (LEAP) begins, providing $10,000 in annual funding from the Morgan Le Fay Dreams Foundation to student entrepreneurs.
  • Morgan Le Fay Center for Entrepreneurship holds its first symposium, featuring keynote speaker Paul McCulley.
  • Transfer, Career and Internship Services launches Landmark College Works, a comprehensive student employment program including experiential work opportunities and on-campus internships.

2017

  • College receives "Tree Campus USA" designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Charles Drake Field opens as a regulation-size soccer and lacrosse turf field.
  • College graduates its first B.A. in Studio Art student.
  • Center of Neurodiversity announced.

2018

  • John Elder Robison presents talk: "Different ≠ Disorder: The Case for Embracing Neurodiversity" as part of his role as visiting lecturer and advisor to the Center for Neurodiversity.
  • College graduates its first three B.S. in Computer Science students.
  • B.A. in Psychology program and an online post-baccalaureate certificate program approved by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
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