September 14, 2014  

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Southern Miss Director Appointed to Quality Award Board of Examiners

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Dr. Rebecca Woodrick

Dr. Rebecca Woodrick, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the 2011 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.

As an Examiner, Woodrick is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is comprised of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and nonprofits (including government).

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All board members 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.

Woodrick earned her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College; a master’s from Oregon State and doctorate from Southern Miss. She came to Southern Miss in July of 2000 as the university’s first full-time AA/EEO officer.

The Baldrige Award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit. Awards have been presented to 80 different organizations. Information about the Baldrige National Quality Program is available by calling 301.975.2036 or visiting www.ngp@nist.gov