HAGERSTOWN -- The leadership of Roxbury Correctional Institution passed from retiring Warden Nancy L. Rouse to new Warden Gregg L. Hershberger Tuesday morning with the presentation of a ceremonial key during a celebration inside the state prison south of Hagerstown.
Hershberger, formerly the assistant warden at the neighboring Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, has been transitioning into his new role for the past week and a half, and formally takes over as warden at RCI on Wednesday.
At Tuesday's ceremony, Rouse reflected on her 30-year career within the Maryland Division of Correction, which began with an internship in 1979.
"I've learned a great deal and I have grown a great deal," she said.
Among the most important lessons Rouse said she learned was the importance of embracing change.
Rouse said her retirement is a "happy change" in her life and she thought the transition to Hershberger's leadership would be good for the institution, as well.