NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Harry J. Macy
Pioneering Contributions: Under the guidance of Harry J. Macy Ball State University became one of the early nationally accredited Baccalaureate Social Work programs (1974), a program he chaired for 27 years, with over 2500 graduates. Macy has been a leader in the development and advancement of institutional, educational and professional standards for the field of social work, with a particular focus on undergraduate education. Recognizing the importance of reaching individuals in all areas of the educational system, he was a strong advocate for creating pathways whereby community college Human Services students could transfer into four-year BSW degree programs. In Macy's decade long service with CSWE he strove to develop rigorous standards for accreditation and advocated for the enrichment of curriculum. Macy was a leading figure with the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), a national organization committed to raising the status and quality associated with a BSW education.
Biography: Harry Macy learned to make the best of adversity from an early age. Afflicted with polio and brought up in a family of humble means, a university education would have been out of reach had it not been for Macy’s determination to impact the world in a positive manner. Macy used the financial support from his Vocational Rehabilitation assistance to help fund his undergraduate degree at Ball State University (1962). He earned the MSW at Indiana University (1967), an additional Master's degree in Public Affairs at the University of Iowa (1977), and an Ed.D. in Adult and Community Education at Ball State University (1990). The latter degree he achieved while balancing the responsibilities of his roles as an educator and leader, and, throughout the completion process, Macy incorporated many principles of social work into his doctoral studies. Over his long and energetic career, despite gaining recognition on the local, state, and national level, Harry Macy has been known as a humble man. His visionary force within the field of social work speaks for Macy’s lifelong commitment to lifelong learning, positive change, and the role of the educational system within the world of public service.
Significant Achievements/Awards: The state of Indiana named Macy as a regional Social Worker of the Year. He was also recognized for his life-time membership with the BPD, and his exemplary work and vision earned him the status of Professor Emeritus upon retirement from Ball State University. Dr. Macy has had a hand in many organizations and causes, but his legacy will always be tied to his Alma Mater, Ball State, where a social work scholarship has been established under his and his wife’s name.
Macy, Harry J., Rebecca Turner, and Scott Wilson. Directing the Baccalaureate Social Work
Education Program. Dubuque, Ia.: Eddie Bowers Pub., 2000. Print.
Macy, Harry J. Directing the Baccalaureate Social Work Program: An Ecological Perspective.
Jefferson City, MO: Association of Social Work Program Directors (BPD), 1995. Print.