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President’s welcome

The American Farm School’s mission is to educate youth and adults to become professionally accomplished in the latest aspects of agriculture, ecology and the life sciences, and to make Greece and its neighbors a better place. My personal goal as President is to challenge staff, faculty and - most importantly - myself to honor this mission and to inspire students, graduates, donors and supporters to play their significant part in the unique story of this Institution.

The School has come a long way since its founding in 1904. Today, major educational divisions include the Primary School, the Haseotes Middle School, the High School, the School of Professional Education (Vocational High School, I.IEK and Extension Services) and the Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences.  The School prepares its graduates for leadership roles in community life and for prominent careers in agriculture, science and the food science industry by teaching agricultural and business practices that are economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible.  

During my term, I aspire to consolidate existing educational programs, encouraging young people to reach their full potential through innovative academic and experiential courses; focus on educational farm initiatives; and bring the community closer together. 

I was raised to respect the land and all it has to offer. I was taught to respect hard work and all that it can accomplish. And, as the son of the late Bruce Lansdale, American Farm School Director for 35 years, I was privileged to witness the miracles this Institution has achieved for deserving youth. 

Thank you for supporting the School as we continue to strive for more miracles. 

Jeff Lansdale, Ph.D. 

American Farm School

Short bio

Dr. Jeffrey Lansdale has 45 years of experience managing development and education programs in different regions of the world. During the past 35 years in Honduras, Dr. Lansdale assumed leadership roles of USAID-funded projects, primarily in the education sector. He has coordinated directly with governments, local and international NGO’s, and major donors including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the international development agencies of Canada, Japan, Spain, and Sweden. From 2014-2020, Dr. Lansdale served as President of Zamorano University, located in Honduras.  Dr. Lansdale is presently serving as President of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dr. Lansdale lived in Greece for 18 years, where his father served as director of the American Farm School. He managed refugee rehabilitation programs on the Thai-Cambodian border for two years, spent a year in India, and conducted his dissertation research in Bolivia for a year.

Dr. Lansdale holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University and the School for International Training in Vermont, and a B.A. degree from Stanford University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Greek. He is an adjunct professor of North Carolina State University.

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