(L to R)  Dr. Thomas Samph, President and C.E.O. of Post University, Molly Baldrige, daughter of Malcolm Balrdige, and Dr. Don Mroz, Provost of Post University and Dean of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business.

   Post University unveiled a commissioned oil portrait of the late Malcolm Baldrige as it celebrated the naming of its School of Business after the former United States Secretary of Commerce, Waterbury business leader and member of the University’s Board of Trustees at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Waterbury City Hall.

   Post University President and CEO Tom Samph, Ph.D., was joined by “Mac’s” daughter, Molly Baldrige; members of the current Board of Trustees; Harry Hertz, Director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program; Don Mroz, Provost and Dean of The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, among other invited guests, at this special event in honor of Baldrige’s commitment to business excellence. 

 (L to R) Members of the Post Family: Scott Post, Stacey Post, Sandy Post, Jan Post, and Gary C. Post.

   In addition to a strong focus on innovation, quality and continuous learning, the programs offered through The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University offer students a valuable mix of academic theory and practical application, guided by a commitment to preparing ethical business leaders capable of responding to today’s marketplace demands and creating tomorrow’s business realities.

 (L to R) William J. Pape II, Editor and Publisher of the Waterbury Republican-American, and Connecticut State Representative and Post University Board of Trustees member Selim Noujaim.

   Prior to being named the 26th Secretary of Commerce by President Ronald Reagan, Baldrige served as Chairman and CEO of Scovill, Inc. in Waterbury, Connecticut.  With a focus on diversification and quality, Baldrige helped transform the financially troubled brass mill into a very successful consumer, housing and industrial goods manufacturer.

   As Commerce Secretary, Malcolm Baldrige helped reform American anti-trust laws, increase access to the Soviet market by U.S. companies, negotiate technology transfers with India and China, and lead the country’s effort to pass the Export Trading Company Act of 1982.  A focus on managerial excellence and efficiency resulted in a more than 30 percent decrease in the Commerce Department’s budget.  His impact on the world of business led to the creation of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 and the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program.  In 1988, Malcolm Baldrige was posthumously presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan.

As part of the naming, the University established The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship Fund through the Connecticut Community Foundation to support local students wishing to earn a degree in business from Post University.  In addition, Post University will annually award two full tuition scholarships in Malcolm Baldrige’s name to students wishing to earn a degree in business at its main campus in Waterbury.