June 24, 2020, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania—David Jones, The Kendal Corporation’s Vice President for Development, will retire June 26 after 27 years of service with the organization. Since joining Kendal in 1992, Jones has worked in close collaboration with executive directors, affiliate boards of directors and staff throughout the Kendal System.
“David has worn many hats at Kendal and helped grow the organization in many ways,” Kendal President and CEO Sean Kelly said. “His approach always is to teach and show how to get things done with class, dignity and respect for others.”
During Jones’s tenure, the Kendal System added 11 new affiliates in seven states. He has served as project leader for the design and construction of several Kendal communities and has overseen renovations and expansions on many Kendal campuses.
Over the past 12 years, Jones has led the Kendal Sustainability Project Group, bringing residents and staff in every Kendal community together online and in quarterly conference calls to share ideas and model practices to sustain and improve the environment. He also oversaw the design and construction of 48 LEED-Gold-certified cottages on the Kendal at Longwood campus.
At the same time, Jones has helped new staff members learn how Kendal’s Quaker heritage informs and enlivens their work. He also has made many presentations to affiliate board members on the art and techniques of collaborative decision-making.
Most recently, Jones has shepherded Kendal at Lexington’s $40 million expansion project in Virginia and supervised the development and construction of the new Preston building at Barclay Friends, slated to open this fall in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“It’s with mixed emotions that we announce David’s retirement,” said Steve Bailey, Senior Vice President for New Business & Development. “It’s a loss for Kendal but a great opportunity for David to enjoy travel and his family and well-earned pursuit of other interests. He is once again a model for how to work and live intentionally.”
Jones graduated from Earlham College in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in geology and got a master’s degree in geology in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Founded on Quaker principles and guided by its Values and Practices, Kendal provides independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation care in eight states. Kendal-affiliated retirement communities are located in Hanover, New Hampshire; Ithaca and Sleepy Hollow, New York; Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts; Lexington, Virginia; metro Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Kennett Square, West Chester and Newtown, Pennsylvania; and Oberlin, Ohio. Enso Village, a Zen-inspired Life Plan Community, currently is under development in Healdsburg, California. Kendal at Home, based in suburban Cleveland, combines the security of a continuing care retirement community with the freedom and independence of living at home.