Posted by William Nunnelley on 2001-03-08

Dean Ruth Ash of the Samford University School of Education and Professional Studies has been named to the nine-member Judges Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dean Ash will serve a three-year term beginning March 1.

Congress established the Baldrige Award in 1987 to recognize U.S. organizations for their achievements in quality and business performance.

Judges are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce from among the 350 members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Board of Examiners. The Board consists of leading U.S. business, health care and education experts.

Baldrige Awards are made annually in manufacturing, service and small business categories.

Dean Ash has led the Samford education school since 1992. The school was named in December as one of the first four winners of the U.S. Department of Education's National Award for Effective Teacher Preparation.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.