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June 5 , 2008
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EMU director appointed examiner for Baldrige national quality award

YPSILANTI — Sandi Nielsen, director of the Professional Education Center at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business, has been named to the 2008 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

James M. Turner, acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), announced her appointment June 4.

As an examiner, Nielsen will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care, and government.

The award program is managed by NIST, a program of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, in close cooperation with the private sector.  The American Society for Quality (ASQ) in Milwaukee, WI, administers the program. Awards may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and non-profit.

EMU’s Professional Education Center provides customized technical and leadership training programs to help businesses and individuals meet challenges and build technical and leadership skills.

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