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The Milliken Medal of Quality

Milliken Medal of Quality Application Information


The Milliken Medal of Quality Award was established to recognize visionary South Carolina residents, or former residents, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and outstanding achievement in the implementation of quality systems in their organizations, and who has been an inspiration for others to follow in South Carolina. The first medal went to its namesake, Roger Milliken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Milliken & Company.

Milliken & Company is a privately held textile and chemical company with more than 50 plant locations in the United States, and has extending to 10 countries worldwide.  Milliken & Company was named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner in 1989, and Roger Milliken served as President of the Foundation of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 1991 until 1992.

To be eligible for the award, an individual must have management responsibilities across the entire organization. In larger organizations it would be persons such as a CEO, president, vice-president, etc., and in smaller organizations it would be the owner, manager, etc.  The award is based on work done in South Carolina.  Persons with distinguished quality service that are South Carolina residents, and in some instances persons who have left South Carolina with distinguished quality service, are eligible. 

Individuals should demonstrate leadership and vision to move teams and the organizational culture towards world class standards that are customer-focused and supported by quality systems that empower and equip teams and individuals.  Nominees must be widely recognized as a champion of the quality principles, serve as a role model and benchmark for others, impact the change of culture for continuous improvement, and ensure the continuity of the quality management principles in their organization through systems and communications. He or she should promote the spirit of cooperation through common goals and synergy. Nominees must be recognized as a quality achiever who conducts business with honesty and integrity, and be a supporter of quality principles and initiatives in the community. 

There is a $50 nomination fee to which a 50% tax credit may be applied.

Nominations for the Milliken Medal of Quality Award should be submitted to the South Carolina Quality Forum. Forms for nomination are available below, or from the South Carolina Quality Forum. 


Milliken Medal of Honor Application (pdf)
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