On July 14, 2014, Al Faber was named president/CEO of the Baldrige Foundation. The Mission of the Baldrige Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and throughout the world. Prior to joining the Baldrige Foundation, Mr. Faber served as president/CEO of The Partnership for Excellence, the premier Baldrige-based state program for the promotion of performance excellence in all sectors of the economy. Prior to that, he served in federal and state government, culminating in executive positions in which he led more than 11,500 employees at 65 major facilities, a $250 million operating budget and real property exceeding $2.1 billion. Mr. Faber has provided executive leadership, establishing policies, priorities and oversight of federal budgets, operations and training, personnel, logistical operations and infrastructure management, including numerous construction programs. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, and holds a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I. He was also a national security fellow at the J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University, and studied international leadership and management at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and leadership strategies at the College of Continuing Studies, University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College Fellowship Program and the U.S. Naval War College Command and Staff Program. During his military career, Colonel Faber served as a senior Army aviator and instructor pilot, flying attack, reconnaissance and transport helicopters. He commanded units at the company, battalion and brigade levels. Mr. Faber serves on several boards of directors, including the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, and serves on its Standards Council.