Changes at QP
I am pleased to announce that Debra J. Phillips-Donaldson will take over the reins as editor of Quality Progress next month. She has extensive magazine experience, which includes serving as editor of an award winning national magazine with a circulation of 275,000.
Possessing a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University, Debbie held various editorial positions at Fancy Publications in Irvine, CA, for the last five years, most recently directing a 50-member department as head of editorial. Her portfolio also includes participation in the launch of several magazines and their Web sites, as well as book publishing.
Debbie welcomes the challenge of continually improving Quality Progress to meet the ever-changing needs of our loyal readers. She will provide new creativity, vigor and direction to this magazine--both print and electronic formats.
While welcoming Debbie, I also want to acknowledge the contributions of Miles Maguire during his relatively short but innovative tenure as editor. As Miles noted in his farewell editorial last month, he has returned to academia, teaching journalism at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Speaking of reader led improvements, the popular "Career Corner" department will now appear monthly instead of bimonthly beginning with this issue. Reader feedback has indicated a need for even more information on how to keep careers on track in this ever-changing quality industry. The Quality Progress staff thanks Greg Hutchins for launching the "Career Corner" column and being the sole contributor for more than two years. Greg will now be joined by five new contributors who will offer a variety of perspectives.
Also in response to reader input, we will soon be introducing a "Back to Basics" column that will benefit new quality practitioners and others who need to teach basic quality tools and principles to line employees. A Spanish-language translation of all "Back to Basics" columns will appear on the QP Web site for members at www.asqnet.org. If you would like to be a "Back to Basics" contributor, please contact staff directly or follow the QP author guidelines.
These changes are aimed at enhancing the magazine's value to you. Debbie, who will begin sharing her comments with you in this space starting next month, and I are very eager to hear your opinion of these changes as well as any other suggestions on how we can make this magazine more useful to you.
WILLIAM A. TONY