Executive in Residence – Chief Kimberley S. Crannis

On behalf of the Institutional Advancement Office, we would like to extend an invitation to the entire Ferrum College community to join us for the first Spring Semester Executive in Residence Speaker.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014  |  11:15am  |  Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall  | LiveStream


Kimberley S. Crannis '83  |  Chief of Police, Blacksburg, Virginia

Kimberley S. Crannis

Kimberley S. Crannis received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Ferrum College in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2000. Chief Crannis is a graduate of the 190th session of the FBI National Academy, the 58th session of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the 17th session of the Professional Executive Leadership School. She began the Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy as part of her graduate work and the agency just graduated its 28th class. The Blacksburg Police Department is a nationally accredited Law Enforcement Agency with 82 full time employees.

Chief Kimberley S. Crannis was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Blacksburg Police Department in October of 2006. Chief Crannis began her law enforcement career with the Blacksburg Police Department in 1984. During her time with the department, she has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant (Crime Prevention/Community Outreach), Lieutenant (Patrol and Professional Standards) and Captain (Operations Division Commander) prior to her appointment as the Chief of Police. 

Chief Crannis is an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), traveling throughout the country conducting compliance assessments of law enforcement agencies. Chief Crannis serves on the board of the New River Valley Alcohol Safety Awareness Program and the New River Valley Women’s Resource Center as well as past President of the FBI National Academy Associates of Virginia. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Police Chiefs Association, the Blue Ridge Association of Chief’s of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Women in Policing and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement.