June 7, 2012
On behalf the Board of Directors of CQL | The
Council on Quality and Leadership, I am announcing the retirement of Dr. James
Gardner and the opening of an international search for a new President and CEO
of CQL. After 23 years of outstanding leadership at CQL, Dr. Gardner has
decided that this is an ideal time for transition – both personally and for
CQL. The Board is deeply grateful to Dr. Gardner for his leadership and vision
throughout his tenure at CQL.
Dr. Gardner’s retirement comes at a time when CQL
is in a strong position in terms of its finances, international reputation and
capacity for future growth. CQL today has a highly respected Board and staff,
relevant products and services, and a solid network of partners and customers.
Despite the recent recession and slow recovery, CQL is experiencing increased
business and a high level of interest from around the country and
We are thankful to Dr. Gardner for his vision and
inspiration over two decades. Under Jim’s leadership, CQL brought forth the
ground-breaking Personal Outcome Measures®
for measuring and improving personal quality of life. More recently, the What Really Matters Initiative led to
the new Person-centered Excellence Accreditation and consultation models.
CQL is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to
the definition, promotion, measurement, and improvement of personal and
community quality of life for people with disabilities, people with mental
illness, and older adults. For over 43 years, CQL has taken the leadership
initiative in developing progressive measures and indicators of quality in
services and supports, personal quality of life outcome measures, and measures
of recovery and social capital. We provide a range of services, products, and
tools to enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to
achieve person-centered excellence.
we move forward in the search for a new President and CEO, the Board of
Directors is committed to an open, transparent and focused search process. The
application period begins now and ends on July 15, 2012. A Board committee is
leading the search with ongoing input from staff. The Board will interview
final candidates and a decision will be made in the Fall 2012. The new President
and CEO will join CQL in January 2013.
Board is seeking an individual who will build on the strong foundation of 43
years and lead CQL in to the future. We are seeking an individual who has the
- Commitment to the vision, values and
mission of CQL
- Strong leadership – a passionate
innovator, communicator, networker and builder
- Understanding of and leadership in the
new landscape driving long-term services and supports
learn more about this position, please see the job description and application
information at http://c-q-l.org/CareersatCQL/.
Please direct all inquiries by email to: CQLSEARCH@thecouncil.org. All
applications and inquiries will be handled in the strictest confidence and
reviewed only by the CQL Search Committee.
CQL is seeking a new leader with the values, vision, qualities and skills to
guide the organization into the future, Dr. Gardner remains at the helm
throughout 2012. With a busy schedule of presentations, talks and meetings, you
may have the opportunity to meet with him in person and offer your good wishes.
His continued leadership will ensure a smooth transition.
The Board of Directors
is confident that with Dr. Gardner’s legacy of leadership, CQL’s future will
continue to build on our mission and vision, to work with communities, systems
and organizations to help people discover and define their own quality of life,
measure personal quality of life for individuals, and improve the quality of
life for people with disabilities, people with mental illness and older adults.
Deborah M. Spitalnik,
Chair, CQL Board of