In Residence Series

The Ferrum College In Residence Series initiative is designed to bring the real-world experience of current and retired professionals to the classroom. Guest speakers tour campus, audit classes, interact with students and faculty and are asked to deliver a lecture sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful career. Many of the lectures are open to both the College community and the general public.

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2015 Spring Semester Speakers

Greg Craddock

CEO, Patriot Group International

Wednesday, February, 11, 2015
p>Greg Craddock photoAs Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Group International, Inc. (PGI), Greg Craddock is engaged in operational leadership across the organization and provides strategic vision to ensure that the company delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers while achieving its financial goals.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he has more than 15 years of special operations, intelligence and security operations experience. 

In 2009, Mr. Craddock led a group of private investors that acquired PGI. Under his leadership, PGI earned over $10 million in revenue within two years of operation. In 2013, PGI earned over $24 million and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, finishing as number 6 in the state of Virginia and number 106 nationally. Additionally PGI has won supplier excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and a host of other government contracting companies.

Before joining PGI, Mr. Craddock served as an Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Craddock served in the intelligence community and was among the first boots on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time with the U.S. Army, Mr. Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier.

Mr. Craddock earned a bachelor’s degree from Ferrum College and a master of business administration from Liberty University. He lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife and two children. Mr. Craddock is an active supporter of a number of charities that support veterans.

Ted Edlich

Former CEO of Total Action for Progress

Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Ted EdlichTed Edlich is the former president and CEO of Total Action for Progress and served at the helm of the non-profit community action agency for 40 years. He was only the second head of the organization in its nearly 50-year history.

Edlich came to Roanoke in 1964 as a Presbyterian minister to two churches in Botetourt County, after graduating from Yale Divinity School. After two years in the pulpit, he took a job leading 11 Presbyterian congregations in Roanoke in the founding of an urban ministry in southeast Roanoke. That ministry is still there today, the Presbyterian Community Center.

He landed at TAP, which was then called Total Action Against Poverty, in 1968 as director of its Head Start program for preschool readiness. Seven years later, TAP’s original director, Bristow Hardin, died unexpectedly and Edlich moved into the top spot. During his tenure the agency grew from a $6 million annual budget to three times that. He helped to create numerous efforts at addressing community needs, some of which remained as departments of TAP.

Edlich serves on a variety of community action related boards, has received many humanitarian awards and honors including an honorary Doctor of Letters from Washington and Lee University. He has written numerous articles and professional writings including a curriculum for a course on non-profit leadership and his recent book on how to successfully run a non-profit.

Edlich received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, his M.A. in Education from New York University, a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and his Sacred Theology Master’s from Yale Divinity School. 

2013 — 2014 Speakers  
Roddy Moore
Director of Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum

James E. Winkler
President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches

Alfred "Al" Midgett '79
Author, Founder/CEO of The NobleMen

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

Jim Wade
Director & Former President, Advance Auto Parts

Woody Crenshaw
Founding President of SustainFloyd

William H. Fralin, Jr.
President and CEO of Medical Facilities of America, Inc.

Amie Stepanovich
Senior Policy Counsel, Access

My E. Chung
President and Chief Executive Officer, Luna

Matt Lohr
Director of the Knowledge Center, Farm Credit of the Virginias

Oren Lyons
Native American Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy

2012 — 2013 Speakers
Julie E. Swanson 
President/CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

Patrick Patterson
President of Novozymes Biologicals

Nancy Howell Agee
President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Jeffrey A. Marks
President and General Manager of WDBJ7

Michael W. McColl '93
Voice Actor

2011 — 2012 Speakers
Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. 
Market President & Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo

Marc A. Schewel 
President of Schewel Furniture Company

Michael J. Quillen 
Executive Chairman of the Board of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. 

Clay Campbell
President of Martinsville Speedway

Charles Patton
President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power

Debra C. (Debbie) Meade
President and Publisher at The Roanoke Times

2010 — 2011 Speakers
Dennis Cronk
President and CEO of Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group

John Williamson
President and CEO of Roanoke Gas Company

Ed Walker
Managing Director of Regeneration Partners LLC

Neal Naff M.D.
Neurosurgeon at the Cyber Knife Program at John Hopkins

2009 — 2010 Speakers
E. Michael Mutchler
Vice President and Group Executive at General Motors

Baxter F. Phillips, Jr.’66
President of Massey Energy Company

Frank M. Simms
Manager of Hydro Operations for American Electric Power (AEP)

Edward G. Murphy M.D.
President and CEO of Carilion Clinic