NC Department of Correction - Correction News - November 1996

Three Prisons Get New Superintendents

Hilliard at Iredell

Statesville - Craig Hilliard was promoted from assistant superintendent to superintendent of Iredell Correctional Center Sept. 1. Hilliard replaced Robert Reece who retired in June after 35 years with the Department of Correction.

Hilliard, a Salisbury native, has worked in the state prison system since 1983.

"Craig Hilliard is a dedicated, hard-working employee who brings an expertise of corrections that suits him well for this new job," Correction Secretary Franklin Freeman said. "We're pleased to be able to promote him to this position."

In 1983, Hilliard began working at Piedmont Correctional Institution as a correctional officer. He was promoted quickly through the ranks, and in 1993, became assistant superintendent at the Iredell prison which houses 120 inmates.

Craig Hilliard

After graduating from Salisbury High School, Hilliard was drafted by the Atlanta Braves but opted to go to college. Hilliard holds a business degree from Mitchell College and he returned to college after starting work with the Department of Correction in 1983 to obtain his Criminal Justice degree from Rowan Technical College. He also attended Pfeiffer College where he was the starting center fielder for the Falcon's baseball team. Due to a serious knee injury, his baseball career ended.

Hilliard also served as baseball and basketball captain at Mitchell College. He started in baseball and basketball and was on the 1973-74 Mitchell Mavericks baseball team which finished second in the nation. They competed in the College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado in June of 1974.

In his spare time, Hilliard now coaches a youth basketball and baseball team. He is a board member of the Iredell Prison Ministries, and is on the steering committee for the South Piedmont region of the N.C. Correctional Association.

Hilliard, his wife, Lillie, and their two children live in Salisbury.

Haynes at Blanch

Blanch -Correction Secretary Franklin Freeman named J Haynes superintendent of Blanch Youth Institution, a close security prison for youth in Caswell County.

"J Haynes worked his way up through the ranks in his more than twenty years with the department," said Secretary Freeman. "His experience will benefit the department in managing the most secure prison for youth in our state."

Haynes began working for the department as a correctional officer at Warren Correctional Center in 1980. He made sergeant in 1985 and was promoted to assistant superintendent at Warren in 1991.

Haynes, a native of Warrenton, is a graduate of John Graham High School in Warrenton and Vance Granville Community College. He served three years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

J Haynes

He has two children: Brian, 15, and Hollie, 12.

Hathaway at East Prison Work Farm

Columbia -Correction Secretary Franklin Freeman named Anthony Hathaway superintendent of the East Prison Work Farm in Tyrrell County.

"The prison work farm will put hundreds of inmates to work farming and helping eastern North Carolina communities," Secretary Freeman said. "Superintendent Hathaway is the right person to manage this prison."

Hathaway began his career with the department in 1972 as a correctional officer at Currituck Correctional Center. He worked in prison programs for five years in the Division of Prisons Eastern Area Office and at Gates and Martin correctional centers. He was promoted to superintendent of Martin Correctional Center in 1978. In 1988, he was promoted to superintendent at Washington.

The Washington Correctional Center has housed the 85 inmates building the prison work farm dormitory. Operations at Washington will close this fall as ordered by the General Assembly. The Creswell facility will serve as a support facility for the prison work farm due to open next spring.

Anthony Hathaway

"The work farm will be Tyrrell County's largest employer," Hathaway said. "Our staff will be hired mainly from Tyrrell and the surrounding counties."

The Elizabeth City State University graduate is board chairman for the Edenton One-on-One program. He and his wife, Dorothy Spruill Redford have five children.

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