Monday, October 15, 2012

Post University to host honorary event for Malcolm Baldrige

BUILDING BLOCKS: Our event will celebrate the foundation
Malcolm Baldrige laid in business
Malcolm Baldrige's contributions to Waterbury, Post University, and the greater business community have been nothing short of inspiring. So on the heels of us renaming our Business School "The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business," we have invited the Baldrige family, local business and community leaders, and other honored guests to join us at an event on Wednesday to honor Baldrige's lifetime of achievement and celebrate the naming of our School of Business after him.

The event is being hosted by the Post University Board of Trustees, University President Dr. Tom Samph, and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary. It will be a special time to remember Baldrige and recognize how his principles and ideals guided the nation during his time as Secretary of Commerce under President Ronald Reagan, and fostered an innovative business curriculum at Post University. We've written on our blog about how Post University's business program embraces the Baldrige values of great leadership -- vision, passion, innovation, quality, character, and ethics.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers at our event, including Malcolm Baldrige's daughter, Molly; and Dr. Harry Hertz, Director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. We also will read a letter from former President George H.W. Bush, who knew "Mac" well.

As part of the event, we will unveil a commissioned oil painting in connection with the naming of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, and we'll be collecting donations for The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship Fund, which was established through the Connecticut Community Foundation to support local students wishing to earn a degree in business from Post University.

The festivities will take place at City Hall, right here in Waterbury, where Baldrige made his first great business impact as chairman and CEO of then locally-based Scovill, Inc.

We're looking forward to being able to celebrate Malcolm Baldrige with many of the people he touched and influenced. Be sure to come back to our blog to see some of the photos and other coverage from the event.