Peirce College's Long-Serving President, Arthur J. Lendo, to Retire in 2009

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Peirce College's Long-Serving President, Arthur J. Lendo, to Retire in 2009

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, November 7, 2007-Peirce College's long serving President, Dr. Arthur J. Lendo, has announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2009.

Dr. Lendo began his presidency on July 1, 1991. This makes him one of the most senior college presidents nationally in length of service. Under his visionary leadership, the College has been transformed into a leading edge, 21st century institution. His tenure has been highlighted by a charter change from two-year to four-year baccalaureate institutional status; development of the acclaimed Peirce Corporate and Community Cluster College Model; and the creation of Peirce Online, the College's Internet mediated distance learning (IMDL) platform whereby complete, accredited degree programs are offered totally online.

Peirce's annual enrollments have nearly tripled from 1,013 to 2,750 and its investment portfolio value has doubled from $7.0 to $14.0 million since Dr. Lendo took office. During his presidency, the College's program quality continued to advance. Peirce's paralegal program became the first and only in the region to receive approval of the American Bar Association at the baccalaureate level. The College's business programs earned accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In 1999, Dr. Lendo launched a multi-phase project to completely renovate all of the College's facilities, which will be finalized in 2009.

"President Lendo deserves enormous praise for transforming Peirce College into a highly successful 21st century institution of higher learning," said Gregory J. West, Chairperson, Peirce College Board of Trustees. Mr. West further indicated that the board is currently developing leadership transition plans. "Peirce College is well positioned for success in this complex, changing higher education landscape. The trustees and College community will now have sufficient lead time to develop and implement a smooth leadership transition plan" said Dr. Lendo.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472 or visit

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