Paul Wilson is an MBA candidate at Indiana
University's Kelley School of Business. His undergraduate studies included
physics and mathematics at Maharishi International University (MIU), a private
liberal arts college in Iowa, with an innovative curriculum that includes the
study of consciousness as a meta-foundation for all other disciplines.
Curiously enough, I
discovered Paul only on account of his capacity as quality control specialist at
Macmillan Computer Publishing. In my role as development editor, I had taken it
upon myself to program (in VBA) a MS Word template to automate and streamline
routine authoring, editing, indexing and proofing tasks that was regularly used
by my computer book authors and myself. In 1998, the production department,
attempting to make the template official and have it accepted by editorial staff
across all the various imprints, assigned Paul to ensure that it met their
quality control needs even while adapting to the divergent work-habits of the
various editors involved in the publication workflow upstream. Not only did Paul
thus provide the occasion for me to familiarize myself with the 'patron saints'
of the American quality movement (Deming, etc.), but I was wonderfully surprised
to discover so much interest in Sanskrit, etc., in someone who had never been to
India. He rapidly became a member of our Indy 'inner circle' and helped
greatly with my move in summer of 2001 to Chicago. Before leaving Macmillan in
early 2002, Paul was serving the parent company, Pearson Education, as quality
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