Mr. Beeler graduated with an MGA from the University of Maryland and with a BSP in Social Work and Correctional Administration, magna cum laude, from East Carolina University. Mr. Beeler began his career in 1975 as Correctional Officer at the Federal Reformatory in Petersburg, Virginia, has held increasingly responsible administrative and CEO positions throughout the United States, and served, from 2007 - 2009, as the Complex Warden at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina, retiring in January 2009. In November 2009, he accepted a contract to assist the NC Division of Prisons in opening a new prison hospital in Raleigh. Since then he completed a tour as a consultant for the Department of State in Afghanistan and recently (2011) began working with the Center for Innovative Learning in Creedmoor, N. C. In the fall of 2012, he accepted a visiting instructor's position at NCCU. He returned to adjunct status in 2015 while working with the Department of Public Safety regarding mental health issues in the Division of Adult Correction. He returned to NCCU full time in January 2016.
He began teaching in 1977 as a Field Instructor for the Department of Social Work and Correctional Administration in Greenville, North Carolina. He has held positions as a Curriculum Consultant, a Program Advisor and an Adjunct Professor/Guest Lecturer at the Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, Kentucky, North Carolina Central University; East Carolina University; in the Leadership Studies and Political Science at Peace College, and at Duke Law beginning in 2006. For the past three years, he has taught a graduate course in Administration and Management at the University of Northern Colorado for practitioners. He has also taught on-line courses at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia since 2004, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Wake Tech.
Some of the lecture titles for Mr. Beeler include: Prison Rape Elimination Act from a Public Policy Perspective; the Impact of Supreme Court Decisions upon Practical Running of Mental Health Hospitals; Mental Health Law and the Insanity Defense, and a seminar on Punishment and Sentencing. He has also delivered similar lectures at East Carolina University and Peace College.
Mr. Beeler is a much sought-after speaker, and has written articles for publications such as APA Journal for Psychology; Corrections Compendium; Corrections Today; and the Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants. He has also served as an expert witness for the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and Prison Rape Elimination Commission. He has been a certified PREA auditor since 2012 and for the past year has been teaching PREA auditors how to audit as a Field Training Auditor.
In addition to chairing audits for the American Correctional Association and completing healthcare audits, Mr. Beeler is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Correctional Association. Mr. Beeler serves as chair of the Granville County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC). He also serves as a Commissioner with the North Carolina Sentencing Commission and is a member of the Justice Reinvestment Act Committee and Research. Recently, he was selected as the professional of the year for Strathmore's Who Who. Recently, he was asked to chair a task force for the North Carolina Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice Division on Restrictive Housing and the Mentally Ill and works to provide advice to the Director of the Adult Prisons on a variety of prison issues as requested.
He has receive numerous awards, among them the H. G. "Gus" Moeller Award for Correctional Excellence, North Carolina Correctional Association, Distinguished Service Award from the Bureau of Prisons, the Compassion in Action Award from the Dali Lama Foundation, and the
U. S. Surgeon General's Medallion.