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MSU's Ehlert named to national board

August 15, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Craig Ehlert, a teaching professor of management at Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, was recently reappointed to the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

As an examiner, Ehlert will review and evaluate applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, which Congress established in 1987. This is Ehlert's fourth year on the board.

The board of examiners is composed of more than 400 experts who have been competitively selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, as well as education, health care and nonprofit organizations. All members of the board must complete a preparation course.

The Baldrige Award was named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce. The award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit.  The award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 95 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology manages the program in cooperation with the private sector.

Ehlert joined the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship faculty in 1998 as a management instructor. Ehlert also currently serves as the athletic recruiting liaison for the college and mentors student-athletes at MSU.

His background includes a management career spanning more than 20 years with a large chemical manufacturing firm. He also held a number of other positions with the firm, including engineer, operations superintendent, maintenance superintendent, administration manager, mechanical and engineering manager, quality assurance and environmental, health and safety manager.

More information about the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and the Baldrige Award application process  is available by calling (301) 975-2036, emailing or visiting Media inquiries may be directed to Michael E. Newman, NIST Public Affairs Office, at (301) 975-3025 or


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