College of Criminal Justice
Douglas Dretke, executive director for the Criminal Justice Center's Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), brings a special insight to the position he officially took over July, 2006.
The 26-year veteran of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
alumnus has first-hand knowledge of the agency, one with which CMIT
works closely, as well as a knowledge of the clientele's perspective on the kind of resources CMIT
tenure with TDCJ
built strong working relationships with those state and national leaders.
life-long field experience gives him insight on the issues and challenges corrections leaders are facing today.
Dretke rose from the bottom of the ranks at TDCJ
, starting out as a correctional officer for a year before moving up to assistant warden at both the Eastham and Hughes Units to senior warden at the Holliday and Pack Units and eventually to director for the Correctional Institutions division.
Dretke earned his bachelor's degree from SHSU in criminology and corrections in 1980 and his Master of Public Administration with a criminal justice concentration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2001.
Over the years he
has become a highly regarded presenter/facilitator, delivering a number of speeches nationwide on various criminal justice-related issues.