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The Distinctive College: Leveraging Your Unique Mission and Potential in an Evolving Higher Education Context

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The Distinctive College: Leveraging Your Unique Mission and Potential in an Evolving Higher Education Context is part of the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Series brought to you by Bay Path University's Center for Higher Education Leadership & Innovative Practice (CHELIP)

The challenges facing nearly all of higher education in the years ahead are daunting. From declining demographics and accelerating competition to increasing questioning about the value of a college education, the need for new innovative models has never been greater. Going forward, institutional resilience will require that colleges and universities understand and leverage their unique value proposition in an increasingly crowded marketplace. In this webinar, Dr. Peter Eden, thought leader and President of the remarkably distinctive Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, will share his institution's journey in defining and living out a unique mission. He and Dr. Lauren Way will also discuss specific strategies that leaders can pursue to help their colleges find and operationalize their unique mission, market position, and potential. 

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man looking at camera with short brown hair, wearing a white shirt, blue tie and business suitDr. Peter Eden serves as President and CEO of Landmark College, Putney VT. President Eden is responsible for all elements of a rapidly evolving college which offers short-term, associate, bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, and an expanding number of online-based programs. Landmark College only serves neurodiverse students who learn differently, and President Eden has led a 10-year strategic implementation to enhance yet stabilize the flagship campus while simultaneously growing outward-facing offerings that serve students far from Vermont. Prior to this position, Dr. Eden served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biotechnology at Endicott College in MA and was a tenured professor at Marywood University in PA. President Eden earned his B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire; and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular and cellular neurobiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. President Eden also gained research and management experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries prior to his shift to higher education. A recipient of NIH, NSF, and foundation-related grant funding, and the author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Eden lives in NH with his wife and three children.