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April 4, 2011

Commerce Secretary names Northwest president as judge for Baldrige program

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has appointed Dr. John Jasinski, president of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., to serve a three-year term on the Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational performance excellence.

"The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is the pinnacle in helping organizations excel, and I am deeply proud of my association with the program." Jasinski said. "It is a high honor to be asked to serve our country in the name of competitiveness, and never has the program been so important to our nation."

All applicants for the Baldrige Award are evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus and results. Based on these assessments, the highest-ranking applicants are chosen for an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in their applications. As a judge, Jasinski will be responsible for selecting which applicants receive site visits, and ultimately, which applicants are recommended to Secretary Locke as Award recipients.

Jasinski, whose term will end in February 2014, serves alongside 11 other leading experts selected from industry, professional, charitable and trade organizations, education, health care and government.

"It is humbling to be appointed and serve with such an esteemed national group of experts committed to performance excellence," Jasinski said. "The roots of performance excellence are strong in northwest Missouri and throughout our state and region, and I look forward to serving on the Panel of Judges."

Jasinski became Northwest's 10th president July 1, 2009. In this role, Jasinski helped "Reposition and Prepare" the institution in 2009-10, led the University through a "Respond and Transform" phase in 2010-11 and is helping set the stage for an "Executing and Succeeding" phase in 2011 and beyond, all helping the institution remain on the leading edge of excellence and innovation in programs, services and resource management. He also works successfully with internal and external constituencies, especially state and local officials, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, foundations and alumni.

Previously, Jasinski served Northwood University from 2007 to 2009 as executive vice president/chief academic and operating officer, where he oversaw academics and operations across three campuses in three states, 35 satellites across nine states, and six international programs. He founded and served as president of Jasinski Consulting Services from 2001 to 2009, providing consulting and training on leadership and organizational assessment with a variety of organizations. He also has served as a coach to leaders and leadership teams regarding organizational assessment and improvement and as a coach/consultant to oversight boards.

Furthermore, Jasinski serves on the St. Francis Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Northwest Missouri P-20 Council, a committee member for the Missouri Department of Higher Education's Performance Funding Task Force and an ex-officio member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Expansion Project Team. In addition, he is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Membership Retention and Recruitment Committee, Professional Development Planning Committee and Rural Coalition Committee.

Jasinski has helped write and edit many organizational self-assessments across the country, is published nationally and presents nationally and internationally at conferences such as the Higher Learning Commission, the National Benchmarking Project and the Brazil International Education Forum.

He also has served as a judge for the Missouri Quality Award and is nationally known for his work with the Academic Quality Improvement Program (part of the Higher Learning Commission), having aided in the design of the accrediting method.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit. The Award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 87 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manages the Baldrige Award in close conjunction with the private sector. Further information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and the Baldrige Award is available at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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