For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: August 28, 2012

TNCPE Recognizes High Performing Organizations Committed to Organizational Excellence and Continuous Improvement

Donald C. Fisher, Ph.D., executive director of the MSQPC – Mid-South Quality Productivity Center, a partnership between Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Greater Memphis Chamber, has been appointed to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Panel of Judges. Every year, the Panel of Judges plays an integral role in the TNCPE Award Program, which recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

As a judge, Fisher is responsible for validating the integrity of the TNCPE award process and determining recognition levels for each award applicant. The Panel of Judges is composed of experts selected from all industry sectors including business, manufacturing, education, health care, government and nonprofit. All judges have been Baldrige National Quality Award examiners or have served on the TNCPE Board of Examiners.

About TNCPE

Established in 1993 as a public-private partnership by Governor Ned McWherter, TNCPE strives to promote economic development by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today's global marketplace. TNCPE is patterned after the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing organizational excellence. More than 1,200 organizations have participated in and benefited from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Award Program, including those in the health care, service, manufacturing, nonprofit, educational and government sectors. Four Tennessee businesses—Caterpillar Financial Services, Pal's Sudden Service, Eastman Chemical Company and Federal Express—have been honored with the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award and the TNCPE Excellence Award.

About Southwest

Southwest Tennessee Community College is the comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers, and communities in the Mid-South region. Students benefit from an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development, and enrich personal lives.

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For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247, bjrayner@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134