HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region VI: 06-48
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
November 1, 2006

Ft. Worth Native, HUD Official, Recognized for Outstanding Federal Career Achievement

FT. WORTH - President Bush has recognized C. Donald Babers, Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of
Housing and Urban Development's SW Regional Office in Ft. Worth, for his outstanding career achievements with a Meritorious Executive Award, the highest honor in the federal civil service.

Each year, the President recognizes and celebrates a small group of career federal senior executives with
Presidential Rank Awards for exceptional long-term accomplishments. Winners of this prestigious award are strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said, "I am very pleased to announce that Don has received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. Throughout his distinguished career, Don has been an exceptional leader, a problem solver, and an executive who helps everyone around him perform to their maximum potential. This award acknowledges Don's ability to lead change, lead people, and build successful coalitions to achieve results."

Presidential Rank awardees are chosen through a rigorous selection process. They are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by boards of private citizens, and approved by the President. Nationwide, the President conferred 297 Presidential Rank Awards this year.

Mr. Babers' began his 36-year career with HUD in 1970 as an urban intern in the Ft. Worth Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office. From 1970 to 1975, he worked in the Little Rock, Arkansas, HUD Office, where he became the Acting FHEO Director.

From 1975 to 2002, when he was selected as Deputy Regional Director, Mr. Babers held a number of positions in
HUD's Dallas Field Office, including that of Field Office Director from 1978 to 2002. Since April of this year, he has been on a special assignment as Chairman of the Board of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, working on the rebuilding of the city's public housing system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Babers other achievements include organizing and directing a task force that resolved the 20-year old Young lawsuit in East Texas, preventing discrimination and removing barriers to fair housing in public housing throughout a 36-county area. His innovative approach and personal convictions regarding housing discrimination have impacted thousands of lives for the better.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the Secretary's Exemplary Service Award in 1998, Mr. Babers received
a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969. A lifelong resident of Ft.
Worth, he and his wife Shiela have two daughters and three granddaughters.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws.


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