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For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Pamela Walker
Date: September 9, 2003 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Sandra Thomas named superintendent at 
Robeson Correctional Center

Sandra ThomasLUMBERTON - Secretary Theodis Beck has named Sandra Thomas as the new superintendent at Robeson Correctional Center, effective November 1. Thomas has served as acting superintendent of the facility since July 2003.

"Sandy Thomas is the right choice to lead Robeson Correctional Center," said Beck. "Her previous work experience at the facility, her knowledge of the community and her leadership skills will serve her well as superintendent."

Thomas began her career with the department in 1982 as a secretary for H.L. Yow, area administrator for the Division of Prisonsí South Central Area. She later served as secretary for McCain Correctional Hospital Superintendent Bert Rosefield before becoming a correctional officer at Robeson in 1990 and a sergeant in 1994. One year later, she moved to Lumberton Correctional Institution, becoming a lieutenant in 1997 and captain in 2000. In 2002, she was named assistant superintendent at Sandhills Youth Center, where she served as acting superintendent from October 2002 until June 2003. After Sandhills closed in June, Thomas returned to Robeson as assistant superintendent.

"Itís been good to be back at Robeson, because it sort of feels like coming home," said Thomas. "Itís where I started out in custody and I appreciate all of the support Iíve received from my supervisors, my staff and the community." Because she has served as acting superintendent since July, Thomas doesnít plan to make many immediate changes. Her long-range goals, however, include increasing the number of inmates participating in work release and in educational programs at the facility.

A native of Trenton in Jones County, Thomas now lives in Fayetteville. She and her husband Billy have three children and four grandchildren that she loves to spoil. In her spare time, Thomas enjoys sewing, fishing, reading and participating in activities at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

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