Director of UNC’s Monfort Institute Earns Second Consecutive American Society for Quality Award

John Latham

John Latham

John Latham, director of the Monfort Institute at the University of Northern Colorado, will receive the American Society for Quality's Gryna Award for the second consecutive year at the society's annual world conference in May in Dallas.

Latham is being honored for authoring the paper "A Framework for Leading the Transformation to Performance Excellence Part II: CEO Perspectives on Leadership Behaviors, Individual Leader Characteristics, and Organizational Culture," which appeared in the January Quality Management Journal

The Gryna Award is presented for the paper that has made the largest single contribution to the extension of understanding and knowledge of the philosophy, principles or methods of quality management during the past year.

Latham's study produced a framework for leading organizational transformation from the top.

"It would have been nice for leaders if the study had only identified a few keys to lead successful organizational change. Unfortunately, leading successful change is more difficult than most current theories and leadership books suggest," Latham said about the findings of the study. "Successful change is the combination of individual leader characteristics, a collaborative leadership style and an explicit leadership system that leverages the forces and facilitators of change to modify the organization systems and culture to achieve and sustain high performance.

"I'm humbled and honored to receive the award," he added. It's nice recognition for the work of the Monfort Institute."

In 2013, Latham received the Gryna Award for "Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence: Framework, Practices and Considerations," which appeared in Quality Management Journal Vol. 19, No.2.

The paper presented a framework and approach for the design of management systems that create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders. It was built on a foundation of systems thinking and design thinking combined with performance excellence concepts and principles utilized by high performing companies, including those who have received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States.

The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado, which houses the Monfort Institute, received the coveted Baldrige award in 2004.

About the Monfort College of Business

The Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado is recognized for delivering excellence in business education. It is the first and only business program to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States (2004). The college is accredited by AACSB International in both business and accounting - the "gold standard" for accreditation. Over 10 successive years Monfort's graduating seniors have scored in the top 4 to 10 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams. For more information, visit Monfort's website at

About the American Society for Quality

ASQ is the world's largest network of quality resources and experts. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world's corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow's critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ's members, mission, technologies and training at