School of Public Policy Administers SPQA for Virginia

Posted: February 15, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Public Policy and the Mason Enterprise Center are helping Virginia launch its search for the best and brightest businesses and government organizations in the commonwealth as administrators of the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Awards (SPQA). The SPQA is an annual award process created by the U.S. Senate to promote, recognize, and reward excellence in Virginia’s organizations.

Any organization–public or private, large or small–within the commonwealth is eligible to apply for the awards. Benefits to awardees include statewide and congressional recognition for excellence; an organizational critique from SPQA examiners; and a medallion, plaque, or certificate. An information session for potential SPQA applicants is held in Mason Hall on Friday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 to noon.

The awards are administered by a 25-member board of directors, composed of previous award recipients, business leaders, academicians, and educators. Sen. John Warner and Sen. George Allen are honorary SPQA chairmen. Virginia is one of the few states to take advantage of this award process, and it is one of only two states involved in the process since its inception in 1982. For more information, contact Aleta Wilson at x32254, x32682, or

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