Former College of Charleston President P. George Benson will serve as the master of ceremonies at the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, the nation’s highest honors for innovation and performance excellence.

P. George Benson

Benson, who is chairman of the awards foundation, will host the event in National Harbor, Maryland, on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses.

The five organizations being honored this year are:

  • Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio, Texas, in the Education sector
  • Donor Alliance, Denver, Colorado, in the Nonprofit sector
  • Integrated Project Management Company, Inc., Burr Ridge, Illinois, in the Small Business sector
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana, in the Health Care sector
  • Tri County Tech, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in the Education sector

The Baldrige Foundation is the private-sector partner of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), a federal program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce. The Mission of the Baldrige Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of BPEP, and to support organizational performance excellence.

Benson, who holds a doctorate in decision sciences from the University of Florida, served as the College’s president from 2007 to 2014 and currently teaches statistics as a professor in the School of Business.