1999 Scott Greer Awards

Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs

Donald Sykes - Scott Greer Award

Donald Sykes is a stellar example of public advocacy, effective action and public leadership in the aid of families and communities living in poverty. The extent of national and international recognition for his vision and achievements is captured by his having been asked by President Clinton, on the basis of innovative programs he had developed in Milwaukee, to head the $7 billion Office of Community Services Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In that post he oversaw the Community Services and Social Services Block Grant programs, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant program and a variety of programs that foster family stability, economic security, responsibility, and self-support. These programs also serve the homeless and strive to reduce family violence.

Don is a past Executive Director of The New Hope Project in Milwaukee, a nationally recognized demonstration program designed to find a more effective way to provide assistance to America’s poor through making work pay. New Hope offers participants help in finding jobs, wage subsidies that ensure an income above the poverty level, health insurance, and child care. It is sponsored by a consortium of representatives from community, government business, labor and social service organizations. Don ran the city's Milwaukee Community Relations - Social Development Commission from 1968 to 1988, and is past president of the National Association for Community Development.

Don has taught as an adjunct professor of Urban Affairs at UWM. Traveling widely, Don continues as a prominent advocate for children and families as president of Donald Sykes & Associates a Washington-based consultancy in human services management. The 2005 Annual Student Forum was pleased that Don joined us to present a special address and confer the 2005 Awards!


Henry Foley - Scott Greer Award

Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions

For twenty-five years, Henry A. Foley has been a leading thinker, author and actor in health and mental health policy in the United States. His research and writing has been extensive and influential. His books Community Mental Legislation and Madness and Government (with Steven Sharfstein) are basic references in the field of mental health policy, legislative process, the place of science and theory in policy development and program development at the state and local level. He has published far-ranging articles, chapters and essays on subjects of health and mental health planning, regionalization, manpower, health professional education, health insurance and cost containment. These have appeared in leading journals and in pivotal policy volumes.

Hank has held leadership positions at all levels of government including Administrator of the Health Resources and Community Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services with oversight covering federal programs in medical education, nursing, allied health professions, national health planning, and health facility financing. He has also served as Deputy Director and Planning Chief for the Office of Program Development and Analysis in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Foley has led U.S. health and welfare delegations to India and Kenya and has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva Switzerland. At the state level, he has served in cabinet and sub-cabinet positions in Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii. At the local level his first position was as Deputy Director of the Inner City Development Project in Milwaukee 1967-69. He has also served as an organizational analyst, project director, educator and managed care consultant for major foundations, and public and private sector clients across the country.

Hank has taught at a number of different universities including the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii. In addition to a M.S. in Urban Affairs from UWM in 1967, he holds an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University and a Ph.D. Political Science from Harvard University.