Director of Continuous Improvement appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST Board of Examiners

Director of Continuous Improvement appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST Board of Examiners
Posted on 07/29/2021
Director of Continuous Improvement appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST Board of Examiners

The School District of Lee County is proud to congratulate Director of Continuous Improvement Cindy McClung for her appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Board of Examiners for the 2021 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building, and analytical skills. All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. They must also complete an independent review of a Baldrige Award application or other comparable examiner task.

Ms. McClung has worked at Lee County School District for 33 years, starting her career as an elementary teacher. Serving now as Director of Continuous Improvement she is responsible for the development, deployment, and evaluation of the District’s strategic plan. Ms. McClung represents the District on the Board of Directors for Florida Sterling, the state program affiliated with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. The Award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since the first group was recognized in 1988, 134 awards have been presented to 124 organizations (including eight two-time award recipients and one three-time recipient).