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Theodis Beck

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Date: Jan. 20, 2008 Phone: 919 -716-3700


Bell named Superintendent of the Year

Michael T. Bell has been named the Division of Prisons’ 2007-08 superintendent of the year, qualifying him for consideration for Warden of the Year by the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents.

Bell, superintendent of Pender  Correctional Institution, was nominated because of his leadership in the development of success at Pender.  He has been Pender CI superintendent for nine years of his 34 years of service.

In nominating Bell for the national award, Correction Secretary Theodis Beck said, “Mr. Bell has consistently displayed an unrivaled level of dedication to the Department’s successes and is most deserving of this award.”

The nomination cited Bell for continuing to lead Pender toward excellence and innovations, maintaining a very comprehensive and effective program structure and safe and efficient operations and is most deserving of this award.

 Among Bell’s accomplishments at Pender CI are:

  • Expanded video surveillance.
  • Satellite station in place to monitor inmate calls.
  • Modular industrial sewing classroom approved.
  • Pender CI Worship Center building fund incorporated.
  • Pender is the second highest contributor to NC Special Olympics.
  • Improved staff and inmate visibility through office doors.
  • Established an Employee of the Month program.

 The form nominating Bell for the Division of Prisons Superintendent of the Year Award states: “Mr. Bell has the gift to forge new partnerships and nurture those we already have, which is the key to remaining effective and successful.  He effectively builds mutually productive relationships, mentoring/leading other staff members, and displaying the willingness to go the extra mile.”


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