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In early 2016, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) honored John Cable, Director of the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence, for his 15 years of service to the GAC Board.

The GAC is the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs, accrediting programs at institutions of higher educa-tion around the world. The GAC Board of Directors organized a dinner to celebrate Cable’s 15 years of service to the Board. Upon announcing his retirement from the GAC, effective Dec. 31, 2015, Cable became the last founding member of the Board to step down.

Cable’s service traces back to the task team that created the GAC before he assumed the role of vice chair from 2001 – 2006, and chair from 2006 – 2012. Since Cable’s appointment as GAC Chair in 2006, the number of accredited project manage-ment programs has expanded from fewer than 10 to more than 100 across 16 countries.

“Project management can no longer afford to be the accidental profession that we learn by osmosis,” Cable said during the GAC celebration. “Research has shown repeatedly that businesses can’t afford the mistakes of the past; they must be able to implement strategy to be successful or they will fail. Project management matters simply because good project managers get things done, and get things done well.”

Posted by Kathy Frankle on October 2, 2017