Quality Progress - July 2013 - 15
QP occasionally looks back on a person or event that made a difference in
the history of quality.
July 22, 1922
Spencer Hutchens Jr., a former ASQ president and the namesake for ASQ’s
social responsibility medal, was born on this date.
Hutchens started his professional career in 1948, continuing his service to the
u.S. government. He worked as a radar inspector at the u.S. Army Signal corp, and
later he served as director of inspection for the u.S. western region. After 30 years
of government work, Hutchens retired from the public sector in 1977.
A short time later, he joined the intertek group as a senior vice president
and helped establish the business as one of the leading inspection, product
testing and certification companies in the world. He retired from intertek on
two separate occasions but still maintained his office at its Los Angeles location until six months ago.
Hutchens joined ASQ in 1950 and soon became very active in the society’s
activities. He served as ASQ president in 1988 and became chairman the following
year. Hutchens was given ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002. Earlier this
year, he was awarded ASQ’s Lancaster Medal for his lifetime contributions to the
international quality community. He also received the c. Jackson grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medal from the American Productivity and Quality center.
He died in 2010 after a lengthy illness.
Baldrige examiners are beginning to sort through the
applications of 22 organizations that applied for the
2013 Malcolm Baldrige national Quality Award. Applicants included two in the education category, 15 in
healthcare and five in nonprofit or government.
The volunteer board of examiners will evaluate
applicant organizations against the seven categories
of the 2013-2014 Baldrige criteria for Performance Excellence: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results.
Examiners provide each applicant with 300 to 1,000
hours of review and a detailed report on the organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.
in late August, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program’s panel of judges will determine which
organizations will receive site visits by examiner
teams to verify information in the application and
clarify questions that come up during the review.
The number of members of the American Statistical Association recently selected as fellows. Members achieve this
status by demonstrating outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science. The
new fellows will be awarded certificates on Aug. 6 at the annual
joint statistical meetings in Montreal. To see a list of the new fellows, visit www.
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From those organizations that have site visits, the
2013 Baldrige Award recipients will be selected in late
Last year, the panel of judges and board of examiners sifted through 39 applications. Twelve organizations were selected for the final review stage, and
four received the award. For more information about
the award and process, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige.
BY MIKE CROSSEN
July 2013 • QP 15
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - July 2013
Mr. Pareto Head
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
ASQ's Continuing Education and Professional Development Directory
One Good Idea
Quality Progress - July 2013