James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926

OCTOBER 1, 1999

Jim Pierce named region director

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Jim Pierce

Greensboro - Jim Pierce was named regional director over 18 prisons in the Piedmont Area. The former superintendent of Caswell Correctional Center is one of five regional directors overseeing prison operations across the state.

"In his 27 years with the department, Jim Pierce has shown himself to be a good manager," Correction Secretary Theodis Beck said. "I have confidence that Pierce will help make government more efficient and find more ways to put inmates to work."

As Caswell’s prison superintendent, Pierce managed the overall operation of a 200-employee and 500-inmate medium custody prison with an operational budget of nearly seven million dollars.

Pierce began his correctional career in 1972 as an officer at Guilford Correctional Center. Two years later, he was promoted to sergeant, then food services supervisor. He moved to Sandy Ridge Correctional Center to become a program assistant and became a program director for the North Piedmont Area office in 1983. He was named superintendent of Stokes Correctional Center in 1989, Randolph Correctional Center in 1992 and Caswell in 1995.

Pierce, a native of New Hanover County, graduated from Alamance High School in 1968 and went to Guilford College where he earned a Bachelor of Administrative Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1977.

Pierce was the American Correctional Association Member of the Year in 1987, State Employees Association Member of the Year in 1992 and a nominee for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in 1998. He and his wife, Natalie, live in Greensboro.

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