Governor Nikki Haley appointed Bryan P. Stirling as Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) effective October 1, 2013. He is responsible for a staff of over 5,700 employees at the Department of Corrections that operate 24 penal institutions across the state incarcerating more than 21,500 inmates.
Prior to joining the correctional system, Director Stirling served Governor Nikki Haley as her Chief of Staff from October, 2012 to September, 2013. As Chief of Staff, he oversaw management of the governor’s cabinet and the Office of Executive Policy and Programs.
From January, 2006 to October 2012, Director Stirling was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of South Carolina. He served as a Legislative Liaison reporting directly to the Attorney General. In this capacity, he was involved with the budget process, was a Criminal Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and advised the Attorney General on public policy and news media matters. He was also the attorney for the State of South Carolina vs. the State of North Carolina water dispute case.
Director Stirling entered public service after working as a lawyer in the private sector. From March, 2005 to January, 2006, he worked with McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC in Columbia, S.C. His areas of emphasis included Government Affairs, Civil Litigation, and Real Estate.
From 1996- February, 2005, he was employed by Tompkins and McMaster, LLP in Columbia, S.C. His areas of emphasis included Government Affairs, Civil and Criminal Litigation, and Real Estate.
As a law student, Director Stirling worked for the Massachusetts High Department’s “Big Dig” Tunnel Project as a law clerk in Boston. He also served as a Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Andrew H. Card, Jr. from May 1992 to January 1993.
Director Stirling has been an active volunteer in the community having worked as the Pro Bono CDV Prosecutor during his time with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. He was an active Executive Committee member for the Share Our Suzy Cancer Assistance Charity. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Children’s Chance Charity and was an active member in the USC Young Alumni Association.
Director Stirling received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1996 and previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from USC in 1991.