Landmark College Names Dr. Peter Eden Fourth President

Posted June 16, 2011

May 12, 2011

Dr. Peter Eden, Landmark College PresidentDr. Peter Eden has been named the fourth President of Landmark College, effective July 1.

Currently Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biotechnology at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., Dr. Eden was the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of the Board, following a nationwide search, said Charles Manley, Chairman of the Landmark Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Eden brings tremendous enthusiasm and energy to Landmark, and he is among the vanguard of young educational leaders who are rising to the top of the best institutions in the country at a time of great challenge and opportunity for higher education,” said Manley. “He has experience with 21st-century teaching and learning practices, and has championed progressive, responsible integration of online, technology-enhanced pedagogy.”

“I am extremely excited to join Landmark College, as I firmly believe in its unique and important College mission and as I see real opportunity to change lives,” said Dr. Eden. “It has been said that higher education is ripe for re-invention. I believe that this is true. I also believe that Landmark is well positioned to evolve in a way that strengthens our ability to educate and train — now and in the future — but in a manner that preserves the integrity of the mission and that ensures continued effectiveness of model teaching and learning practices. There is no more meritorious occupation, in my opinion, than education. Therefore, I feel privileged to lead the Landmark community to continue to provide for bright students the tools, knowledge and experiences they need to become productive and responsible college graduates ready to contribute to our ever-changing world.”

As Dean of Arts and Sciences at Endicott, Dr. Eden leads the College’s largest, most complex academic division, which spans the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Under his leadership, the division and the College have weathered the recession and emerged stronger financially due in part to Dr. Eden’s contributions in development of important new academic programs directly tied to enrollment growth. Also, at Endicott, he gained valuable experience in fund-raising, research and scholarship promotion, and overall institutional strategic planning.

Before joining Endicott, Dr. Eden was a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Science Department at Marywood University in Pennsylvania, a Research Fellow at the Jackson Laboratory and a Visiting Instructor at the College of the Atlantic, both in Bar Harbor, Maine.

While at Marywood University, he led faculty and staff in the development of life and health sciences programs including a B.S. Biotechnology degree and an interdisciplinary, progressive “3+2” B.S. to M.S. program in Biotechnology. He also helped design and launch an M.S. program in Physician Assistant Studies. Additionally, Dr. Eden was the first to champion the creation of online course and related course delivery platforms to serve the University’s students and broader community.

Dr. Eden received his B.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst, his Ph.D. from University of New Hampshire, and his post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – all in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology and neurobiology. He gained research and management experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry before making a return to higher education. As a Professor, researcher and administrator, Dr. Eden has published over 20 scientific articles, received NIH and NSF grant funding for his research programs, and led the development and implementation of important, innovative undergraduate and graduate academic programs which provide the experience and skills needed for the next generation of college graduates.

 

Original article:  http://www.landmark.edu/about/news_events/2011-05-presidential-announcement.cfm