Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Atlanta – Each year, Thomas University President Dr. Gary Bonvillian bestows the President’s Award on a graduating student. Professors at Thomas University submit testimonies of the students they feel are most deserving of the award and the President makes his selection based on the academic achievements, character and integrity of the nominees. This year, the prestigious award was bestowed upon Hilton Hall, Field Operations Manager for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Mr. Hall began his career with the Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in 1984 at the age of 18. He worked his way up through the ranks until he was promoted to Warden in 1997. He held the position of Warden at various facilities to include Georgia State Prison, Central State Prison, Macon State Prison, and the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. In June 2009, Mr. Hall was promoted to his current position of Field Operations Manager of the Northeast Region where he provides leadership and operational support for 8 state prisons, 8 county prisons, 2 parole revocation centers, and 3 probation detention centers.
“Mr. Hall’s work ethics and willingness to handle tough assignments speaks volume for his character,” said Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens. “The Department is fortunate to have his knowledge and experience, and we are proud to have him as part of our team,” added Owens.
Mr. Hall is married to Cathy Hall, who also works for the Department as a Technical Specialist for the P.O.S.T. Certification Unit at the Georgia Corrections Academy. Cathy was also honored by Thomas University for graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice alongside her husband. Together they have one daughter who is also presently enrolled in college.
The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 13,000 employees.