Innovative faculty members pursue unique experiences that not only provide professional challenges and fulfillment, but also benefit UC students in meaningful ways. That is what places the faculty of the College of Business in a leadership role in academia, in Cincinnati and in the business world. One individual helping bring UC to the forefront is James Evans, professor of quantitative analysis and operations management and director of UC's Center for Performance Excellence.
Evans has served as an examiner and as a judge for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, given by the President of the United States to business, education, health care and nonprofit organizations that are judged to be outstanding in seven quality areas, including leadership, customer focus and business results. Because of his expertise with the Baldridge Award, Evans was invited by the city of Ningbo and Shandong Province in China to lecture and advise for their local quality award programs. “It certainly brings recognition to UC,” says Evans. “It gets our name out there.”
Evans' experience has also had a practical impact on his students. Students of his 2009 MBA class, Managing for Quality and High Performance, assisted Christ Hospital in beginning the Baldridge process.