Cameron Professor Appointed Examiner for 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Cameron University's Jim Hawkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, has been appointed to the 2010 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 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.

As an examiner, Hawkins is 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 organizations and government. Those selected as examiners meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

Hawkins, who holds a doctorate in school administration, joined the Cameron faculty in 2005. He has more than 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator in public education. He previously served on the Baldrige National Quality Program Board of Examiners in 2008.

The Award Program is managed by NIST in close cooperation with the private sector. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) in Milwaukee, Wisc., administers the program. More information about the Baldrige National Quality Program can be found at


June 8, 2010