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PA Corrections Secretary Announces Key Appointments.

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- CAMP HILL, Pa., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D. today announced the recent appointments to key positions at the Department of Corrections' Central Office.

Mary V. Leftridge Byrd has been named Deputy Secretary for Specialized Facilities and Programs, and John McCullough will serve as Regional Deputy Secretary for Western Region. Both appointments became effective March 16th.

"These individuals are valuable members of the Corrections Department and have nearly 60 combined years of experience in corrections and state government," Beard said. "They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and a diverse insight about offender management, security and public administration that will assist the department in its continued efforts to strive for an orderly, humane and safe state prison system."

Prior to this appointment, Mary V. Leftridge Byrd served as superintendent at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Chester (Delaware County), a position she has held since July 1998. Previously she served as superintendent of SCI Muncy (Lycoming County) since 1991.

During her criminal justice career, Leftridge Byrd also has served as a parole agent for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, parole supervisor at SCI Camp Hill, Executive Assistant to the Maryland Commissioner of Corrections, Assistant Warden of Maryland's Correctional Pre-Release System and Warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

Leftridge Byrd earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate coursework at the University of Maryland.

She also serves as a trainer on issues including leadership development, female offenders, designing and administering correctional programming, cultural diversity and coalition building. She has been honored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and in 1998 was selected by the Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections as the Adult Corrections Professional of the Year. Since 1998 she has served as a commissioner for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Leftridge Byrd replaces William J. Love, who has been reassigned as superintendent at SCI Houtzdale.

John McCullough has served the Commonwealth as superintendent of SCI Houtzdale (Clearfield County) since its opening in January 1996. He began his corrections career in 1967 as a student caseworker at the former Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. From 1969 to 1974, he was with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, a uniformed service that provides medical backup services to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and others. During that time he was a caseworker at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Milan, Michigan, and then as Director of the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Unit at FCI Danbury, Connecticut.

McCullough joined the Department of Corrections in 1974 as Director of Treatment at SCI Rockview. He served as Acting Deputy Superintendent for Treatment at SCI Camp Hill from January to July 1990 before returning to Rockview to become Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ursinus College and a Master of Social Services from the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work.

In addition to these appointments, several other individuals who currently serve as superintendents will now serve as supervising superintendents. Individuals assigned to these positions will:
 -- Serve as backup to the deputy secretary in their absence or
 unavailability.
 -- Visit each facility in their region either with the deputy secretary
 or alone twice a year.
 -- Attend various department-level meetings.
 -- Attend other policy-oriented meetings as necessary.


The purpose of these additional supervisory positions is to build more supervisory depth for the department and to include active superintendents in meetings where departmental policy and operation is discussed. These individuals will continue to serve as superintendents of their respective institutions.

Individuals named to these supervising superintendent positions are Kenneth D. Kyler, superintendent at SCI Huntingdon (Western Region); Donald T. Vaughn, superintendent at SCI Graterford (Eastern Region); and Donald Kelchner, superintendent at SCI Camp Hill (Specialized Facilities and Programs).

CONTACT: Susan McNaughton, Acting Press Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, +1-717-975-4862.

CONTACT: Susan McNaughton, Acting Press Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, +1-717-975-4862

Web site: http://www.state.pa.us/
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