2021 Civic Leader of the Year

Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation honored Anne Precythe as the 2021 Civic Leader of the Year in Springfield.

Anne L. Precythe is the Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. As Director of Corrections, Precythe is responsible for the 20 adult correctional facilities, six community supervision centers, a community release center, and more than 40 probation and parole offices across the State of Missouri. This includes approximately 11,000 staff, 63,000 probationers and parolees, and more than 23,500 inmates. Precythe brings over 32 years of service as corrections professional into her role as director. Before becoming the second woman director for the Missouri Department of Corrections, Precythe served as the Director of Community Corrections in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Anne L. Precythe began her career with the Division of Community Corrections in North Carolina as a Probation/Parole Officer in Duplin County in 1988. During her career in North Carolina, she served in many capacities and was appointed the first female Director of Community Corrections in 2013.

Anne has served on various councils and commissions throughout her career. She was a long-standing member of the North Carolina Probation/Parole Association and continues to support the Correctional Peace Officer Foundation. In 2015, Anne was appointed by United States Attorney, Eric Holder, and reappointed by United States Attorney, William Barr, in 2020 to the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, representing all of Community Corrections across the country.

In 2018, Director Precythe was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Correctional Leaders Association. In 2020 she was elected to serve as the association’s president. In 2019, Director Precythe was also appointed to the Council of State Governments Justice Center Advisory Board. Director Precythe was nominated and approved by her peers to serve as a member of the Inaugural Class of the Council on Criminal Justice in 2020.

Director Precythe is married with two married daughters and four grandsons.