Post University announced that it is renaming its business school after Former Secretary of Commerce and Connecticut businessman, Malcolm Baldrige.
“We are honored that the Baldrige family has granted us permission to name our business school after one of the world’s most respected and influential business leaders,” Thomas Samph, Ph.D., President and CEO of Post University, said in the school’s annoucement. “The Baldrige name exemplifies the strong focus on innovation, leadership and quality that runs through all of our business programs.”
In naming the school after Baldrige, Post University sought to honor an influential memder of the Waterbury, Connecticut, business community. Last year, the school renamed its School of Public Service after another well-respected Waterbury business and civic leader, the former Connecticut banking commissioner John P. Burke.
Prior to being named Secretary of Commerce by former President Ronald Reagan, Malcolm Baldrige led the successful transformation of Waterbury-based Scovill, Inc. from a financially troubled brass mill to a diversified consumer, housing and industrial goods manufacturer. During his 20-year tenure at Scovill, Baldrige also served as a Trustee of Post College from 1966 to 1970. His career-long leadership and commitment to managerial and business excellence led to the creation of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987. Baldrige died in 1987 at the age of 64.
Post University will also annually award two full tuition scholarships in Malcolm Baldrige’s name to students wishing to earn a degree in business at its main campus in Waterbury. The university also has established The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship Fund through the Connecticut Community Foundation to support local students in earning a campus-based business degree from Post.
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“We believe the Baldrige name will further inspire our students to become innovative and focused business men and women capable of improving organizational effectiveness and sustainability,” said Don Mroz, Ph.D., University Provost and Dean of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business.
Mroz said that each of the business school’s programs are designed to create ethical business leaders, who will respond to marketplace challenges and open up opportunities for their particular organizations.
– Sean Gallagher, OnlineMBA.com