N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--June 1998

Hughes Named Superintendent of Avery-Mitchell Prison

SPRUCE PINE — Marcus Hughes, a 36-year veteran of the Department of Correction, was named superintendent of the new Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution April 29.

Currently under construction, the new prison will provide for the consolidation of Avery, Watauga and Yancey correctional centers.

Superintendent at Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville since 1993, Hughes began his career with the department in 1961 as a correctional officer at Watauga Correctional Center.

Over the years, he has held several positions within the department including sergeant at Caldwell Correctional Center, programs assistant in the Western Area Office and assistant superintendent at Craggy. In addition, he has also worked at Avery Correctional Center, Western Youth Institution and Henderson Correctional Center.

"We needed someone with Marcus Hughes’ experience and knowledge to oversee operations at the new Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution," Secretary Mack Jarvis said. "Mr. Hughes has proven himself to be a strong leader."

Hughes was born in Crossnore in Avery County and continued to live in Avery County up until 1970. He attended Caldwell and Wilkes community colleges and served in the U.S. Navy before beginning his career with the department.

Hughes and his wife, Patsy, have three children, Mark, Jr., Debbie and John. u

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