Irving just announced that city manager Tommy Gonzalez will be named a Texas Tech University Distinguished Alumni for his innovative leadership, which led to the city’s receiving the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award for operational excellence. The city of Irving was the first municipality in Texas to receive the award and the second city in the nation since the Baldrige started 25 years ago. “It will be an honor to be back in Lubbock and celebrate with my alma mater,” said Gonzalez. “I’m always pleased to share what I’ve learned through our implementation of Lean Six Sigma principles and Baldrige criteria. The journey drove tremendous results for which we are proud, and the awards underscore the fact that private sector business principles apply to government as well.” Gonzalez became city manager in 2006. He oversees a $500 million city budget and more than 2,100 city employees.