Princeton, NJ, February 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Thomas P. McCool, Ed.D., President and CEO announces his retirement from Eden Autism Services effective on or before June 2014. Dr. McCool is credited with implementing both the infrastructure and external focus necessary to address the organization’s long-term planning and sustainability since joining Eden in 2005.
“When I made the decision to accept the position of President/CEO of Eden, my commitment to the board was for a period of three to five years, during which time I was to stabilize the management team and initiate a formal strategic planning process,” says McCool.
“With the opening of our new education and outreach center, the establishment of key business functions such as H.R. and refined financial management systems, the consolidation of adult services, and the progress we see in our fundraising and capital campaign, we are now in an excellent position to achieve our long-term goals of continued quality and sustainability. For this reason I believe this is a good time to begin the process of identifying my successor and developing a seamless transition to a new President/CEO.”
Marie Gary, Chair of the Eden Board of Trustees stated in a communication to staff and families, “It is with great respect and admiration that we thank Dr. McCool for his visionary and energetic leadership along with his many accomplishments during his tenure at Eden. I ask that you join my fellow trustees and me in expressing gratitude to Tom for all that he has done for our organization and for the positive impact he has had on the autism community. Under Tom’s management, Eden has developed a strategic plan to address sustainability, enhanced its education program, and has grown its adult services program. Tom also led the charge for our first capital campaign which has significantly raised awareness of our mission and has served to focus our organization on long-term sustainability.”
Eden’s board of trustees is assembling a search committee and considering executive search firms to hire. In a joint statement, McCool and Gary state, “Dr. McCool will continue working with the board, families, and staff on day-to-day management as well as the next iteration of the Eden Autism Services Strategic Plan.”
“As I reflect on the past eight years, I am amazed at the great things we have been able to accomplish in such a difficult economic environment, and I look forward to working with the Eden board and senior executive staff during this very important period of transition,” states McCool.
Since 1975, the not-for-profit Eden Autism Services has provided early intervention, education, employment training and residential services for children and adults with autism. Eden offers both in-person and online support and training programs for families and professionals. Recognized nationally, Eden is headquartered in Princeton, NJ. For more information about Eden visit www.edenautism.org or call (609) 987-0099. Follow Eden on Facebook, Twitter, and EdWeb.net.