Waterbury's Post University renamed its business school in tribute to former Reagan White House commerce secretary and late Connecticut businessman Malcolm Baldrige and endowed two full scholarships in his name.
"We are honored that the Baldrige family has granted us permission to name our business school after one of the world's most respected and influential business leaders," Post President Thomas Samph said in a statement. "The Baldrige name exemplifies the strong focus on innovation, leadership and quality that runs through all of our business programs."
Prior to being named commerce secretary by former President Ronald Reagan in 1980, Howard Malcolm "Mac'' Baldrige Jr. led the successful transformation of Waterbury-based Scovill Inc. from a financially troubled brass mill to a diversified consumer, housing and industrial goods manufacturer.
Baldrige also was a trustee of then Post College from 1966 to 1970. He died July 25, 1987 at age 64.
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award annually honors U.S. businesses that excel in improving competitiveness and performance.