The Association of State Correctional Administrators honored Christopher B. Epps, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with the Michael Francke Award as the outstanding Director of Corrections for 2011. The award is presented annually to recognize the outstanding ASCA member, and that member’s dedication and achievements. Commissioner Epps started his career with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in 1982 as a correctional officer at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He has held various positions, including Chief of Staff, Deputy Commissioner of Institutions, Deputy Commissioner of Community Corrections, Director of Offender Services and Deputy Superintendent. Additionally, he has served as Disciplinary Hearing Officer/Investigator and Director of Records for the agency. Commissioner Epps is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University.