The Board of Directors of CQL | The Council on Quality and
Leadership has announced its President and CEO Dr. James F. Gardner will retire
effective December 31, 2012, after a distinguished career with CQL spanning
more than 23 years.
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. Since
1969, 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. CQL achieves its mission by working in partnership with
public and private organizations.
For over 43 years, CQL has demonstrated international
leadership and innovation in a succession of initiatives to enable communities
and organizations to define, measure and improve people’s own definition of
their quality of life.
With Dr. Gardner’s leadership, CQL has extended the role and
purpose of organizations from providing supports to connecting people to
resources and opportunities in the community, building social capital, and
expanding personal networks.
CQL is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the
introduction of the Personal Outcome Measures®. With the release of the Personal
Outcome Measures® in 1993, CQL redefined quality as responsiveness to each
person served rather than simply compliance with regulations and organizational
process. This focus on personal quality
of life emphasized the discovery of each person’s own personal life narrative
and unique definition of their own priority outcomes. CQL has applied this universal quality of life
measure to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people with
mental illness and substance use disorder and older adults across a diverse
range of community settings and support systems around the world.
Under Dr. Gardner’s leadership, CQL extended the focus of
responsiveness to each individual with the 2005 publication of the Basic
Assurances® that explored health, safety and security from the
perspective of organizational policy, the provision of supports, and real
impact on the health, safety and security of each individual.
During the past five years, Dr. Gardner has directed CQL’s Person-centered
Excellence campaign with the development of a new accreditation model
and consultation options that begin with personal quality of life and continue
with organizational development initiatives to strengthen individual quality of
life and build social capital for people served, their families, volunteers,
employees and community supporters. CQL currently offers its Person-centered
Excellence (PCE) accreditation, consultation and training services throughout
the United States, Canada and in Western Europe, Australia and New
Dr. Gardner and the CQL Board of Directors are fully
confident that the organization will continue its mission “to provide
leadership to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, people
with mental illness and older adults” through the continued development of
innovative and relevant quality of life and quality management initiatives.
CQL has launched an international search for a new President
and CEO. The CQL Board of Directors is
seeking a President and CEO who thrives on change and has the ability to
move forward with initiatives while dealing with ambiguity – a risk taker who
enjoys the challenge of competing every day on service, quality and leadership
– an individual who will build on our
strong foundation of 43 years and lead CQL in to the future.
candidate will possess the following attributes:
- 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
Please consult the CQL Web Page for further details. http://c-q-l.org/CareersatCQL/