Leaving on a High Note
Last year the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh asked me to return to its journalism department as an assistant professor. I had been teaching there as an adjunct instructor before joining Quality Progress.
The offer presented an opportunity for me to pursue some of my long- standing interests in editorial management and to join a highly regarded journalism department. (In fact, my immediate predecessor as QP editor, Brad Stratton, is an Oshkosh alumnus.) The prospect of changing jobs also meant that I could spend more time with my family, which is especially important to me as my two daughters traverse their teenage years.
As a result, I have submitted my resignation, and this will be my last issue as editor of Quality Progress. I am sorry to be leaving the day-to-day operations of the magazine, but I feel that the magazine is on an upward path with a very capable staff and many improvements already accomplished or significantly along the way to completion.
I deeply appreciate all of the support I have received from ASQ members, both the readers who have written to me with ideas and suggestions and the volunteers who serve as reviewers and authors. It has been a great honor to serve as editor of this magazine, which has a long and proud tradition of excellence.
The best part of this job for me has been the opportunity to be part of a staff that functioned as a team--looking out for each other, catching each other's mistakes and making each other better journalists. I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed working so much with a group of people as I have with the QP editorial staff: Sue Daniels, Mark Hagen, Kristen Johnson and Corinne Anderson.
Their efforts are a big reason why the improvements that we have made at Quality Progress over the last several years have not gone unnoticed within the magazine industry. In November, Quality Progress was featured at a management conference sponsored by the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP).
In December, Quality Progress was written up in Folio magazine, which is the leading journal on magazine management. That article described QP's use of a basic quality tool, a procedures manual, as a basis for continuous improvement. Folio's managing editor told me she was particularly happy about the article because she felt that many other editors would want to follow in QP's footsteps.
Let me tell you, there's nothing like leaving on a high note.