Derrick D. Schofield has served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) since 2011. He is a nationally recognized leader in corrections and previously served as Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Corrections.
As Commissioner of the TDOC, Schofield oversees 14 prisons, a training academy and headquarters. He is responsible for more than 30,000 offenders, 5,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $800,000,000.
Commissioner Schofield has twenty years of correctional experience, having served in various positions including Warden, Facility Operations Director and Director of Investigations and Compliance.
Prior to his career in corrections, Schofield served in the United States Army where he reached the rank of Captain. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Policital Science from Fort Valley State University and Master's Degree in Public Administration from Georgia's Law Enforcement Command College and Columbus State University.
Schofield serves on the performance measures, racial disparity, substance abuse and mental health committees of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He also serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) and is a member of the advisory board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
Schofield is recipient of the Distinguished Social Sciences Alumnus Award from Fort Valley State University and served on a national committee on the incarceration of youthful offenders in adult prisons.
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD
The TDOC was honored with the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The recognition was presented to Commissioner Schofield based on the support given to our team members who served our country.