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Dec. 9, 2016

Jasinski appointed to Baldrige board, KC development council

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski

Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski has been appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as well as the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) Board of Directors.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Jasinski to the Board of Overseers, effective last month, for a term ending in February 2019. The Board of Overseers advises the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the conduct of the Malcolm Baldrige Award process and makes suggestions for the improvement of that process.

Established by Congress in 1987, the Malcolm Baldrige Award is presented annually by the president of the United States to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence. Three awards may be given annually in the categories of manufacturing, service company, small business, education, healthcare and nonprofit. The Baldrige Award raises awareness of quality management and recognizes U.S. companies that have implemented successful quality-management systems.

Jasinski recently served as chair of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award’s Panel of Judges as well as member of the panel and Baldrige examiner. During the 1990s, he served on the staff of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, playing a key role in developing the first edition of the Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Additionally, Jasinski recently was appointed to serve on the KCADC Board of Directors. KCADC serves the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area by marketing the region’s business and lifestyle assets to companies around the world. Working closely with its 50-plus state, county and community partners and its more than 250 corporate partners across the region, KCADC has attracted companies pledging to create more than 60,000 new jobs during its 40-year history.

Jasinski said he is honored and humbled to serve on the Baldrige and KCADC boards and to represent Northwest Missouri State University and the higher education sector.

“KCADC is doing such significant work on key issues to advance One KC, and Northwest Missouri State University is proudly serving a vital role to advance Kansas City – with our award-winning Northland Innovation Center and partnership with Northland CAPS [a partnership of seven North Kansas City K-12 school districts with Northwest, Metropolitan Community College and Missouri-based business partners] to help supply talent to the region’s employers, providing music and art and experiences and playing for athletic championships throughout the region – and serving and engaging our many alumni.

“The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is a shining example of public-private partnership and is a national treasure for providing standards of the highest caliber in leading organizations across all sectors to the edge of validated management practices. Our communities and organizations in northwest Missouri are proud to be piloting a communities of excellence framework based on Baldrige principles. It is an honor to serve the nation is this capacity as a member of the Board of Overseers and has been and a distinct privilege to have served the Baldrige program over the past couple of decades in advancing U.S. competitiveness.”

Since 2009, Jasinski has served as the 10th president of Northwest. Under his leadership, the institution enjoys peer-leading metrics across measures such as freshman success rate, retention rate, graduation rate, student satisfaction, student engagement and athletic success rate.

Among other professional affiliations, Jasinski serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Council of State Representatives, Professional Development Committee and Nominating Committee. He also serves on the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Missouri 2030: Workforce-Education Alliance and is member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) CEO Council. He recently completed a term as a member and vice chair of the SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors.

He has served as chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) committee on professional development and as chair of the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), an organization consisting of CEOs from Missouri’s public four-year universities and charged with supporting and advancing the mission of those institutions and the public value of higher education.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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