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Kathleen M. Hawk


Kathleen M. Hawk (‘73 MA, ‘78 PHD)

Kathleen M. Hawk earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1972 and a master’s degree and Ed.D. in counseling and rehabilitation from West Virginia University in 1973 and 1978, respectively.

Prior to joining the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Hawk designed and implemented a psychological counseling program at the Sargus Juvenile Facility in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

She began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1976 as a psychologist at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown. During her tenure there, the facility changed its mission from a correctional institution for about 400 youth offenders to an all-male adult Federal Correction Institution. In 1983, she was named chief of psychology services for the facility.

Later that year, Hawk was selected as a senior instructor for the Bureau of Prison’s Staff Training Academy in Glynco, Ga. In 1985, she was named associate warden for programs at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ft. Worth, Texas, where her duties included overseeing the health services program and special comprehensive care program.

Hawk was appointed the Bureau’s chief of staff training in 1986 and assumed responsibility for all training at three Bureau training centers as well as local training at each Bureau facility. A year later, she was named warden of the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C.

In May of 1989, Hawk was appointed assistant director for the Program Review Division at the Bureau’s Central Office. She was responsible for developing and implementing a system of internal controls and monitoring for all operations throughout the Bureau. The internal control program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as being the best in the agency.

In December 1992, Hawk was appointed director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons by the Bush administration. From 1992 to 2003, she oversaw the operations of 78 Federal Correctional Institutions and the regional offices located throughout the United States.

Her many awards for outstanding leadership in the criminal justice field include: the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Management, 1992; the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice’s William H. Hastie Award, 1993; and the League of United Latin American Citizen’s National Presidential Citation Award, 1993.