Patricia Lowry Chavis '74
Robeson County resident Patricia Chavis ‘74 has been named the new South Central region director for the Division of Prisons effective April 1. Chavis oversees operations at 14 state prisons in a 12-county area between Charlotte to Wilmington.
"Pat Chavis is an excellent leader, motivator and administrator", said Department of Correction Secretary Theodis Beck. "She has served this department well over the years and I know she will do an outstanding job leading the prisons in our South Central region."
Chavis - a 27 year veteran of the Department of Correction - started her career as a program supervisor at the old Richmond Advancement Center in Richmond County. She worked in the South Central Diagnostic Center at McCain and for 12 years was program director in the South Central Area prison administration.
In October 1990, she became the first American Indian woman to lead a state prison when she was named superintendent at Bladen Correctional Center. In 1994, she supervised the opening of Lumberton Correctional Institution and served as its superintendent through March 2001.
Chavis earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1974 and master's in educational administration in 1985 from UNC Pembroke. She and her husband, Kenneth, have two children - a daughter in college and a son in high school.
Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2004
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