John M. Vanyur, Ph.D. is the owner of John M. Vanyur Consulting Services which provides expertise and training in correctional and detention management. The company’s clients include a number of federal and state government agencies and private sector companies in the correctional arena. As part of this practice, from 2009 to 2015 he served as the Senior Advisor on detention issues for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Prior to this he was the Senior Director of Federal Customer Relations for Management & Training Corporation (MTC), the third largest private provider of adult detention and prison beds. Before his position at MTC, Dr. Vanyur had a 27 year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) where he held a variety of leadership positions, including three at the Senior Executive Service rank. His last position with the BOP was as the Assistant Director of the Correctional Programs Division, overseeing inmate programming, case management, security, intelligence, transportation, community corrections, mental healthcare, and religious services for the largest correctional system in the nation. He also served as the BOP’s Human Resource Director, Warden of the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, PA, Warden at the Butner, NC Correctional Complex and Associate Warden of the most secure prison in the U.S., the Administrative Maximum Penitentiary, in Florence, Colorado.
He holds a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Maryland, is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Prisoner Visitation and Support. Vanyur is a member of the American Correctional Association, American Psychological Association and the Society of Consulting Psychology. He has published over a dozen articles and book chapters on correctional management and received numerous awards during his government career including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (the second highest award given by the U.S. Department of Justice) for his contributions to counterterrorism intelligence efforts and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. In 2004, he was named by Corrections Today magazine as one of the “Best in the Business”.