Former Commissioner of Maryland Corrections System and
MCCC Alum To Discuss Current Issues at MCCC Oct. 5


Dr. William Sondervan, director of Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation at the University of Maryland, will present a lecture entitled "Contemporary Issues in Corrections" at Mercer County Community College on Thursday, Oct. 5 at noon. The lecture is presented free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held at the college's West Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM110, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Dr. Sondervan will draw on his extensive professional background to discuss issues related to unprecedented growth in the criminal justice system over the last 25 years, including reasons for the increases in the prison population and approaches for solving problems that have emerged. He will also address career options in the corrections field. He is an alumnus of MCCC, earning two degrees (l972 and 1973) and crediting Mercer with helping him launch his long and distinguished career.

MCCC alum
Dr. William Sondervan

Appointed by the governor to serve as commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction from 1999-2003, Sondervan managed the state's largest criminal justice agency, working closely with government officials, the media, unions and other stakeholders. Prior to that he served as deputy assistant commissioner (1994-1998). From 1972 to 1994, he served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. From 2003 until recently assuming his university post, he was the director of professional development for the American Correctional Association, overseeing the management, development and implementation of the Certified Corrections Professional program. In his current job, Sondervan is a full professor, overseeing one of the university's largest schools, made up primarily of part-time, adult learners.

Dr. Sondervan has been honored with numerous awards, including the John F. DeWitt Award from the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (2003), the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Maryland (1999), and the State of Maryland Crime Prevention Award (1993).

After his start at Mercer, Sondervan received his bachelor's degree from Trenton State College in Business Administration. He earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston University in 1976, a master's in Public Administration in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University in 1980, and a doctorate in Adult Education/Human Resource Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1995.

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