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Paul Kusuda

In 1974 Paul H. Kusuda received the Chicago School of Service Administration's Alumni Citation for outstanding leadership in social welfare. He received his A.M. from the School in 1949. At the time he received the Alumni Citation, he was director of planning, development, and research in the Division of Corrections of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.  He later became Director, Office of Systems and Evaluation of the Department; Interim Director of the Department's Office of Information Management; and Deputy Director, Bureau of Juvenile Services, Division of Corrections, of the Department. He has been associated with many advisory and working groups and committees concerned with statistics in the fields of mental health, corrections and child welfare.

Since retirement he has been involved in issues related to Asian Americans. He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition over the years in addition to the SAA's Citation. These included the Social Worker of The Year Award, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, NASW; Special Recognition Award, Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation; Member of the Year, Wisconsin Chapter, Japanese American Citizens League; and United Asian Services of Wisconsin Recognition Award.

He has been involved in numerous NASW activities including NASW National Program Committee 1975-1978; National Professional Advancement Fund Committee, 1979-1980; National Cabinet, 1972-1975. His local NASW activities included Vice-Chair, Treasurer and other offices over a period of thirty years. He was a NASW Charter Member and Academy of Certified Social Workers.  He helped write the legislation that led to the certification of social work in Wisconsin.

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