The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence announced Dr. Joe F. Alexander, associate dean and senior professor of performance excellence of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, is the recipient of the 2014 Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of his organization. The McWherter Award is named after the Tennessee governor, who was instrumental in the center’s founding in 1993.
“From the time he arrived in Tennessee, Joe’s unparalleled commitment to quality and his passion for performance excellence have had a tremendous impact on Belmont University and organizations state-wide,” said board chairman Jim Duensing in a press release. “He has been an outstanding advocate for the TNCPE program and through his efforts, countless organizations have learned to apply principles that improve their processes and results—making Tennessee an even better place to live and work. We congratulate Joe on this well-deserved honor.”
Since 2007, Alexander has provided visionary leadership for The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and taught graduate courses in marketing management and performance excellence. He serves on the board of directors for TriStar Centennial Medical Center and the Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (chairman from 2011-12) and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Foundation (chairman from 2009-10). He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Fulbright Scholar (Japan 2008).