Our Founder, Olin O. Oedekoven, Ph.D.

Olin O. Odekoven

Dr. Oedekoven left behind a vision of making a difference in the world. He took the company from a leadership seminar in a living room in 2003 to a globally recognized corporation serving more than 150 business & industry partners and over 500 higher education institutions.

As a retired Brigadier General, Dr. Oedekoven learned and practiced leadership over a 33-year military career with the U.S. Army, the Army Reserves, and the Wyoming National Guard. During that span, he completed several advanced programs on leadership, human resource management, international affairs, conflict management, and diplomacy, which helped forge his leadership path. He then translated his military leadership acumen into actionable insights for business professionals. He formed the Peregrine Leadership Institute, through which he delivered impactful workshops and seminars on a global scale, focusing on organizational and strategic leadership, among other areas.

His unwavering belief in the power of education drove him to address inefficiencies in accreditation processes while working as an adjunct professor in 2009. Identifying a need for more effective tools and processes, Dr. Oedekoven founded Peregrine Academic Services. Peregrine emerged as a global leader and thought-partner in higher education services, providing online assessment and instructional solutions to more than 500 higher education institutions worldwide.

At the heart of Peregrine Global Services, Dr. Oedekoven’s leadership was characterized by his entrepreneurial spirit and deep-seated commitment to making a meaningful difference. His impact on higher education and leadership development was profound, whether through developing comprehensive assessment services, conducting global site visits, or guiding institutions toward accreditation.

Most importantly, Dr. Oedekoven always exhibited genuine care for others. His hands-on approach to leadership and desire to share his knowledge and wisdom reflected a leader who led with compassion and integrity. Dr. Oedekoven continues to inspire us to look beyond ourselves and work together to make a difference in the world.

“Our mission is truly to make a difference in the world. It’s about having a global impact and making a difference – whether it be a supervisor in Poland, a school in Ghana, or across town here at Gillette College. How we can influence them, make them see themselves, and improve upon themselves – either individually or organizationally – has consequence and meaning for us all.”

Olin O. Oedekoven, PhD