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SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED FOR NEW STATE PRISONS

 SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED FOR NEW STATE PRISONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Corrections Commissioner


Joseph D. Lehman today announced the selection of five veteran state corrections officials to become superintendents of new state prisons currently under construction across Pennsylvania.
 The new superintendents are:
 -- James S. Price, deputy superintendent for operations at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Huntingdon, to become superintendent of a 1,000-cell maximum security prison being built near Waynesburg in Greene County.
 -- Edward D. Brennan, deputy superintendent for treatment at SCI Cresson, to become superintendent of SCI Albion, a 1,000-cell medium security prison in Erie County.
 -- Martin L. Dragovich, superintendent of SCI Cresson, to become superintendent of SCI Mahanoy, a 1,000-cell medium security facility in Schuylkill County.
 -- Frank D. Gillis, director of the Corrections Department's Bureau of Community Corrections, to become superintendent of SCI Coal Township, a 1,000-cell medium security institution in Northumberland County.
 -- Raymond J. Sobina, deputy superintendent for treatment at SCI Huntingdon, to become superintendent of SCI Somerset, a 1,000-cell medium security prison in Somerset County.
 Lehman also announced that Frederick K. Frank, deputy superintendent for operations at SCI Cresson, would succeed Dragovich as superintendent at that facility.
 "The individuals we have chosen to assume leadership of the five new lease-purchase prisons currently under construction represent a combined 96 years of corrections experience," Lehman said. "We believe that experience will prove invaluable in the challenging process of activating these new facilities."
 Lehman said all five appointees will continue to serve in their present capacities while devoting part time to the process of activating the new prisons.
 The five prisons, being built by county or municipal authorities for long-term lease and eventual purchase by the Commonwealth, are part of the largest prison construction and expansion program in state history -- an initiative that will add 10,000 additional cells to the badly overcrowded state correctional system by 1995.
 They also represent a major component of Gov. Robert P. Casey's "Operation Jump Start" program aimed at stimulating the state's economy through jobs created by state public works projects.
 Backgrounds of the new appointees follow:
 Price, a 23-year-veteran of the Department of Corrections, began his career as a corrections officer at SCI Huntingdon in 1969. He was promoted to sergeant in 1977, to lieutenant in 1979 and to captain in 1983. He was appointed major of the guard in 1985 and remained in that position until being named deputy superintendent for operations in August 1991.
 A Vietnam war veteran, Price served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, attaining the rank of sergeant. He is a member of the American Correctional Association.
 Brennan, with 22 years of corrections experience, began his career as a counselor in the Erie Community Corrections Center, a pre-release facility for inmates in transition between a state correctional institution and parole to the community. He became director of the Erie Center in 1972, serving in that capacity until 1978, when he was named deputy superintendent for treatment at the State Regional Correctional Facility in Mercer.
 In 1986, he transferred to SCI Rockview where he served as deputy superintendent for treatment for a year before returning to community corrections as director of contract facilities for the department's Region III in Western Pennsylvania. He remained in that capacity until he was named deputy superintendent for treatment at Cresson in 1991.
 Brennan earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in counseling from Gannon University. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association and Pennsylvania Association on Probation Parole and Corrections.
 Dragovich, a 20-year corrections veteran, started as a corrections counselor at SCI Graterford in 1972. He was appointed corrections counselor supervisor at Graterford in 1978 and served in that capacity until 1980 when he was named superintendent's assistant. In 1984, he moved to the newly opened SCI Waynesburg for women as deputy superintendent for treatment. He moved to SCI Cresson as deputy superintendent for treatment in 1986, serving in that capacity until being named superintendent in 1989.
 Dragovich earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Villanova University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association.
 Gillis, a 17-year corrections veteran, began his career as a corrections counselor at SCI Graterford in 1975. He moved to SCI Camp Hill as a corrections counselor in 1977. In 1982, he was named executive assistant to the commissioner of corrections, a position he held for more than six years under three different commissioners. Since 1989, he has served as director of community corrections, responsible for the operation of the state's network of 15 community corrections centers.
 Gillis earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from the University of Notre Dame and has done graduate work in community psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran with combat service in Vietnam, Gillis is a member of the American Correctional Association, Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, Pennsylvania Association of Probation Parole and Corrections and the International Halfway House Association.
 Sobina, with 14 years of corrections experience, began as a corrections officer at the State Regional Correctional Facility at Mercer in 1978. He became a corrections counselor at Mercer in 1980 and a year later assumed additional responsibilities as inmate employment coordinator, overseeing the assignment and payment of 640 male inmates.
 Sobina transferred to SCI Huntingdon in 1986 to become corrections counselor supervisor. He was promoted to director of treatment in 1988 and served in that capacity until being named deputy superintendent for treatment in 1989.
 Sobina earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Gannon University and a master's degree in criminal justice administration and treatment from Youngstown State University.
 Frank began his corrections career in 1974 as a corrections officer at SCI Rockview. He was promoted to sergeant in 1978 and to lieutenant in 1982. He moved to SCI Cresson in 1986 as captain of the guard. He served in that capacity until he was appointed deputy superintendent for operations in 1988. Frank has done undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University.
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