Thursday, February 13, 2014

Edison’s Valdez Named to Serve as TPE Board Member

Edison Community College President, Dr. Cris Valdez was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for The Partnership for Excellence (TPE), which administers the Baldrige Assessment process for Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia. The appointment was approved February 6, 2014, in a regular TPE Board meeting.

Each year, the Nominating and Governance Board of Trustees votes to re-elect four members and add two new trustees. Dr. Valdez’ appointment will go into effect July 2014 and will continue for a three-year staggered term. TPE implements staggered terms to ensure continuity and a blend of experienced and new board members.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Edison to lead and learn with the Partnership for Excellence,” said Valdez. “As the only higher education institution to receive two excellence awards, we believe it is our obligation to provide our experience and expertise to the continuous improvement process and I commit my time and attention to that via board membership.”

Both in 2011 and 2013, Edison was honored as one of eleven recipients of the Awards for Excellence, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia’s highest honor for performance excellence through innovation, results and visionary leadership using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Of the four levels awarded, Edison was a recipient of the silver level award, demonstrating its commitment to excellence.

Mona Walters, Edison Dean of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, currently serves on the Board of Examiners for TPE. “Dr. Valdez’ appointment to the Board of Trustees for The Partnership for Excellence is encouraging,” said Walters. “The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence includes specific measures to education though not many from education, K-12 or higher education apply to be evaluated on their achievement of their quality journey. I am hopeful that his appointment will generate more interest and participation from the education sector.”

The mission of TPE is “to cultivate performance excellence and continuous improvement among business, education, government, healthcare and non-profit organizations based in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.” By providing a framework for performance excellence through the Baldrige Criteria, organizations have a greater focus on customers, process management, work systems and organization-wide results. These organizations typically see lower costs, improved productivity and increases in both employee and customer satisfaction. The results are higher quality education, improved healthcare for citizens in need, job creation to build a stronger economy and more efficient and effective government, with enormous impact on the lives of thousands.

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