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.
If you are unable to be in attendance for the lecture but would like to view it,
the LiveStream can be found here.
2014 Spring Semester Speakers
Roddy Moore, Folklorist In Residence
Director of Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
Friday, May 9, 2014
J. Roderick Moore received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute & State University and a master’s degree in American Folk Culture from the
State University of New York through the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He is a national
authority on Virginia and Southern decorative arts, antiques, and folk culture.
Before becoming Director of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum in 1978,
he taught in both public and private schools, worked both as a gunsmith apprentice
and in the conservation lab at the Department of Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg,
was a field researcher for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, and was
the Coordinator of the Mountain Life and Culture Studies at Mountain Empire Community
College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Present responsibilities include the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Blue Ridge Farm
Museum, Blue Ridge Heritage Archives, Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, and program and
fundraising development. Mr. Moore appears frequently in media productions on various
aspects of regional folk culture.
Mr. Moore has contributed articles to The Magazine Antiques, Arts in Virginia, The
Decorator, Time & Temperature, Research in Education, and he has co-authored several
articles for the magazine Goldenseal. He wrote the chapter “Southern Decorated Furniture”
in the book Southern Folk Art. He has curated over two dozen gallery exhibitions
on Virginia folk culture.
Mr. Moore serves or has served on the Board of Trustees for the Frontier Culture Museum
of Virginia, the Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame,
the Board of Directors for the Shenandoah Valley Folklore Society, Foxfire, Inc.,
the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Virginia Independence Bicentennial
Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Worlds Fair-Folklife Festival Division,
the American Wagon Association, the Blue Ridge Music Center; the Crooked Road Music
Trail, and the Virginia Artisans Network.
Collecting and studying Virginia decorative arts and vintage hot rods, in addition
to raising and showing Percheron horses are his hobbies.
James E. Winkler, April 8, 2014
Alfred "Al" Midgett '79, March 27, 2014
Kimberley S. Crannis '83, February 11, 2014
Jim Wade, November 19, 2013
Woody Crenshaw, October 30, 2013
William H. Fralin, Jr., September 26, 2013
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
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
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
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