The Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is meeting tomorrow on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with three new members. Effective last month, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Lloyd Barker, Russell Branzell, and John Jasinski as overseers with terms that will end in February 2019. In addition, Rulon Stacey was reappointed as chair of the advisory board for another one-year term.
Barker is director for corporate quality for Alcoa, Inc., in New York. He is a past judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and currently serves on two selection committees for awards of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a partner of the Baldrige Program in administering the annual Baldrige Award process. Barker has also been a member of ASQ’s board of directors.
Branzell is chief executive officer (CEO) and president of the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT), and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA). Branzell previously was vice president of information services and chief information officer for the 2008 Baldrige Award-winning Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS; now part of the University of Colorado Health) as well as serving as president and chief executive officer of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’s for-profit information services entity). He later became CEO for the Colorado Health Medical Group.
Dr. John Jasinski has been president of Northwest Missouri State University since 2009. In the 1990s, he served on the staff of the Baldrige Program, playing a key role in developing the first edition of the Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. In more recent years, he has volunteered as a Baldrige examiner and as a member and then chair of the Judges’ Panel for the Baldrige Award.
Dr. Stacey has been a managing director for Navigant Consulting, Inc., since March. In previous positions as president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System (now part of University of Colorado Health), he led the health care organization to earn a Baldrige Award in 2008. He next led University of Colorado Health as president. As chair of the Baldrige Program’s overseers board since 2013, he has played a high-profile role in promoting the value of the Baldrige Excellence Framework.
The Board of Overseers meets twice a year, in June and December. It is authorized as an advisory board in Public Law 100-107, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987. As described in its charter (PDF), the board reviews the work of the private sector contractor(s), which assists the NIST director in managing the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and makes recommendations for the improvement of the award process as it deems necessary.
Candidates are recruited for consideration for selection through a notice in the Federal Register and a posting of a summary description of the Board of Overseers on BPEP’s website. Individuals are selected for their ability to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Board of Overseers based on the published criteria.