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Peter Bell to step down as president and CEO of Eden Autism

Peter Bell

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
member families.”

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Liz Winslow

    Caveat that this is merely my opinion… but if one is taking the reins of an institute designed to serve the 3-21 population, surely three years is a short amount of time, no? Was malfeasance alleged? On the flip side, was he so wonderful that he was poached in a deal Eden couldn’t counter? Parents would like to know. Every word of the story can be taken as truth, but still, there obviously are details missing.

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