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Camp Hill Superintendent Earns Doctorate

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May 20, 2019 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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SCI Camp Hill superintendent Laurel HarryOn May 11, 2019, Laurel Harry, the superintendent of the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Camp Hill, earned her doctorate of criminal justice degree from the California University of Pennsylvania.

Many of her co-workers and friends joined to watch her graduate with a 4.0 GPA and presidential honors.

In addition to this recent graduation, Harry was named Warden of the Year by the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association.

One of her former co-workers and friends, Randee Brant said of Dr. Harry:

"Laurel was my second supervisor when I first started working for the Department of Corrections years ago. She instantly became one of my favorite people and I'm so fortunate to call her a lifelong friend and mentor!

Through the years she has progressed through a variety of leadership positions, now working as a superintendent at one of the largest prisons in the state system. She is a person who leads by example, and she possesses the most integrity I've witnessed in another. She challenges those around her to be and do their best with gentle and positive encouragement, and despite working in a setting that can be negative, she stands out with her cheerful attitude that is always set to accomplish any task. Her bright smile says it all!

Laurel, I can't wait to see how you continue to change the world for the better!"

Harry began her corrections career in 1996 as a full-time psychology intern at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W. Va. Later that same year, she became a drug/alcohol case management specialist in Washington County. 

In 1999, Harry began her career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as a drug and alcohol treatment specialist at the State Correctional Institution in Waynesburg. Several years later, she was promoted to drug and alcohol treatment specialist supervisor and, for seven months, served as acting unit manager.

She divided her time between SCI Waynesburg, as it was being closed, and SCI Fayette, which recently had opened in Fayette County. In 2004, she was named unit manager at SCIs Greene and Fayette. 

In 2008, Harry was named classification and program manager at SCI Camp Hill, a position she held for 16 months before serving as a staff assistant to the deputy secretary for the central region at the department's Central Office.

For more than a year, Harry served as deputy superintendent for SCI Waynesburg and was responsible for overseeing contract negotiations with property owners as officials were contemplating reopening the facility.

In February 2011, when the decision was made not to reopen SCI Waynesburg, Harry was appointed deputy superintendent for centralized services at SCI Graterford. She was named superintendent of SCI Camp Hill in 2012.

Harry graduated with honors from West Virginia University at Morgantown, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling.

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