Trish Villines, MPA has been named Executive Director of the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence (AIPE), an affiliated organization of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas which administers the Governor’s Quality Award Program.
Villines replaces longtime AIPE Executive Director Sue Weatter who recently retired.
Villines previously served as the Title III Grant Director at North Arkansas College in Harrison, where she was responsible for managing special projects, board relations, government relations, special grant writing, and strategic planning at the request of the College president. She also worked closely with the development of a local Industrial Alliance facilitated by North Arkansas College, which brought together 10 area manufacturers and public and private partners.
Villines has also been an Arkansas Baldrige Examiner since 2013 and in 2015 served as North Arkansas College’s committee co-chair for the State-level Baldridge Application writing team, which earned the Governor’s Quality Award for the College that year. She has since served the AIPE as a trainer for applicants and examiners in relation to the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and in 2018 served as a national Baldrige Examiner representing the State Chamber and AIPE.
Villines earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and a masters of public administration degree from Arkansas State University.