PUTNEY -- Landmark College recently announced new leaders in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Department of Safety and Security. After inclusive search processes, the community welcomes these individuals to the professional staff of the College.

Longtime head of Student Affairs Michael Luciani was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs, effective July 1. Luciani has served Landmark College since 1996 in roles that range from hands-on work with students and families to high level leadership. Luciani holds an M.B.A. and a B.A., both from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

In his new role, Luciani will lead the strategic planning process for Student Affairs and provide leadership for the departments of Residential Life, Counseling & Health Services, Athletics, Student Activities, Adventure Education, Judicial Affairs, and New Student Orientation.

Stephen Murrell of Putney, started directing the Landmark College Department of Safety and Security on June 16, 2014. Murrell holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Felician College in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors in 2010.

Before relocating to Putney, Murrell hailed from New Jersey's Andover Township, where he served as a sergeant and patrol officer for more than 15 years.


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In his role as sergeant, Murrell engaged in leadership activities including supervising officers, communicating with the public, serving as an Active Shooter instructor, and overseeing multiple budgets. Before his career in law enforcement, Murrell worked for the New Jersey Parks Service and volunteered on conservation projects in South Africa and Costa Rica.

Patrick Connelly of Chester, began his post as dean of students on July 1, 2014, taking over for the former dean, Michael Luciani. Currently, Connelly is pursuing an Ed.D. in educational policy and leadership at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a M.S. in educational leadership and a B.A. in sociology, both from Central Connecticut State University.

Before coming to Landmark College, Connelly served for a decade in the Office of Student Engagement at Smith College, where he worked directly with students, advising and training over 100 student organizations that launched 600 events annually. Connelly also provided leadership within the administration, managing a $150,000 budget, creating an online assessment tool, and writing policy on matters related to student life on and off campus. Before his posts at Smith, Connelly served as the assistant director of the Collis Center at Dartmouth College and the assistant director of student life at Sacred Heart University.

Dr. Monika Bissell joined Landmark College as Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1. Bissell holds a doctorate in business administration from Nova-Southeastern University, a master's in business administration from Plymouth State College, and a bachelor's in public and corporate communications from Butler University.

Bissell most recently served as Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Professional Studies at Rivier University. She previously held positions as a dean and a professor at Daniel Webster College and as the director of the New Hampshire Bureau of Education and Training.

Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today, Landmark College is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The College offers two and four-year degree options, a graduate-level certificate in universal design with technology integration, and summer programs for students who learn differently. Students, faculty, and professionals from around the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model, designed through research and practice to help all students become confident, empowered, and independently successful learners.