Peter Bell will step down as president and chief executive officer of Eden Autism after leading the organization for three years.
His resignation will be effective April 30. The board has appointed Jennifer Bizub, Eden’s chief operating officer, as interim executive director.
Bell is leaving for another job outside of New Jersey. Eden’s board has hired Robert Half Executive Search to begin the search for Bell’s successor.
Patrick Tadie, chair of Eden’s board of trustees, said that under Bell’s leadership, Eden has made significant headway in executing its strategic plan, expanding its residential program, positioning Eden as a leader in the new fee-for-service funding model, expediting capital improvements to residential and day facilities, and securing numerous new job placements for the individuals Eden serves.
“During Peter’s tenure, Eden also received two of its largest contributions, leaving our endowment on very solid footing,” Tadie said.
Eden’s mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism. The Eden School offers a 12-month program for students ages 3 to 21. Eden Adult Services provides support to individuals as they age out of school. Services include employment training and placement, residential programs, and community integration and recreation. Eden Outreach offers early intervention therapy, professional development, curriculum, and consultations.
“It has been an honor to lead Eden for the past three years, to serve our many students, adult
participants and their families, and to work alongside a remarkable board of directors and
staff,” Bell said. “I am very proud of our accomplishments on behalf of our families and
employees in pursuit of our mission to improve the lives of individuals with autism. I have no
doubt that Eden will continue to be a force in the autism community and a beacon of hope for