Estes Park Trail Gazette – Jeff Liddle Named Head of School

American Honda Education Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jeff B. Liddle as Head of School at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, in Estes Park, Colorado, effective September 2012. Jeff will succeed Robert Burkhardt, who is retiring at the end of August after almost twenty years of exemplary service.

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, established in 1993, is an initiative of American Honda Education Corporation (, which envisioned, developed and fully supports this unique educational institution.

Jeff has been a faculty member at Eagle Rock since September 2000. His first assignment was managing the school’s Wilderness Program. Under his leadership, Eagle Rock’s signature twenty-five day introductory outdoor experience for new students became a national model. For the past seven years Jeff has been Eagle Rock’s Director of Curriculum. During this time he led a process to revamp graduation requirements and curriculum standards, resulting in a significantly increased graduation rate. Additionally, Jeff initiated Eagle Rock’s highly successful internship program with Rocky Mountain National Park, also a national model.

Jeff brings deep and relevant experience to his new position as Head of School. He served as a Board member and Director of Accreditation of the Association for Experiential Education and is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Experiential Education; he was Director of Operations for Wilderness Inquiry, a national leader offering integrated wilderness experiences in the U.S. and abroad; he was Executive Director of the Wilderness Education Association; he is a nationally recognized expert in experience-based education, adventure programming and wilderness risk management.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University (PA) and his Master’s Degree at the State University of New York, Cortland.

Jeff and his wife Nannette are the parents of teenagers Max and Ben.

An ardent Steelers and Penguins fan and a proud member of Lodgepole House at Eagle Rock, Jeff is an ice hockey player and a crossfit instructor; he plays blues harmonica in the Eagle Rock jazz improvisation ensemble. Most importantly he holds the vision, compassion and commitment that will enable Eagle Rock to continue to develop and flourish in pursuit of its mission as we move into the next generation of our existence.


Gary R. Kessler

President, American Honda Education Corporation

SVP, HR, Administration & Corporate Affairs

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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