Tribute to Dr. Rhonda Phillips, ISQOLS President, 2013-2016
ISQOLS would like to sincerely thank Dr. Rhonda Phillips for her service as President to our organization. Her term will end this December 31, 2016. Dr. Phillips has a long list of service roles: member of the ISQOLS Board of Directors, VP Programs, President-Elect, Interim President, and Conference Chair for the 2015 ISQOLS conference in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also the recent recipient of the 2016 ISQOLS Distinguished Service Award. She has done a fantastic job in every role she assumed and ISQOLS is grateful for her hard work and dedication.
Dr. Phillips has written the following goodbye letter to the ISQOLS community:
Dear ISQOLS colleagues,
It has been a pleasure to serve as your president since 2013. We have made much progress together and it reminds me of a popular saying, "if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." It's particularly relevant to our society of scholars, as we can accomplish far more together. There's never been a better time for quality of life and well-being research, or more need. Let's push forward to become even stronger, providing and sharing ideas, innovations, and research on how to achieve progress.
Invite your colleagues, students, and others to join us. As a society, we depend on members and their participation. Become involved by participating in a discussion group online (see our fantastic recently revised website for info), presenting at our annual conference or organizing a session, sharing ideas and announcements of new publications on our website, and so on. There's many opportunities to engage.
I ask that you continue to support ISQOLS and as the new leadership team starts their term January 1, 2017, let's rally to build ISQOLS into even a stronger organization. Mariano Rojas will serve as president, and Jill Johnson will continue as our Executive Director, joined by several new board and Executive Committee members. We have achieved much, thanks to the good work of our members, and have seen our society's journal become even more well-known and regarded. Allied book series have grown, and our members continue to generate cutting-edge research as reflected in a range of publications ranging from economics, psychology, sociology, planning and development, health, to public administration and policy. Let's keep this momentum and move forward together!
Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP
Dean and Professor, Purdue University
ISQOLS President, 2013-2016