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.

2016 Fall Semester Speakers

Dr. Basil I. Gooden

Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dr. Basil GoodenBasil Gooden was appointed Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry by Governor Terry McAuliffe in July 2016. He was selected by President Obama for the role of State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2014. Prior to that he served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the State Director of USDA Rural Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Before joining USDA, Gooden served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), as the Coordinator of Outreach and Community Relations at Virginia Tech, and with the Virginia Cooperative Extension as an Extension Specialist where he designed and implemented a statewide research project to assess community issues impacting localities across Virginia. Some of his previous professional experiences include working as a Legislative Assistant to a former U.S Congressman from the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia and a Legislative Aide to a former U.S. Senator from Virginia. He is an active board member of several statewide organizations such as the Council for Rural Virginia, Housing Virginia, EarthCraft Virginia, Preservation Virginia, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension State Extension Leadership Council. He previously served as an Advisor on the Buckingham/Cumberland County FSA County Committee.

Gooden is a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, where he and his family still own and operate a cattle farm. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Syracuse University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Ph.D. in Social Work in 1998. He currently resides in Henrico County with his wife, Dr. Susan T. Gooden, a professor of public policy at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. They have one daughter, Caper, a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary.

2016 Spring Semester Speakers

Michael Friedlander

Founding Executive Director, Virginia Teach Carilion Research Institute

March 30, 2016

Michael FriedlanderMichael Friedlander is the founding Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) and the Senior Dean for Research at VTC School of Medicine where he is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. The VTCRI currently has 25 medical research teams with over $50M in active research funding and has generated over $100M in research expenditures with an estimated quarter billion dollar impact on the local economy. Friedlander also serves as the Associate Provost for Health Sciences at Virginia Tech where he is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He previously served as the Wilhelmina Robertson Endowed Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of Neuroscience Initiatives at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, he was Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Neurobiology, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics Founding Director of the Neurobiology Research Center, Director of the Civitan International Research Center for Intellectual Disabilities and the first McKnight Endowed Professor of Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Read more about Friedlander here.

Todd Haymore

Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia

April 11, 2016


HaymoreGovernor Terry McAuliffe re-appointed Todd Haymore in 2014 to serve as Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry. Haymore became the Commonwealth's second Agriculture & Forestry Secretary in January 2010 when then-Governor Bob McDonnell appointed him to the post. In addition to serving in Governor McAuliffe's Cabinet and his duties as the chief marketing and development officer of the state's two largest industries, Haymore is responsible for two of the state's most well-known agencies, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF). He is also responsible for the Virginia Agricultural Council. During the his tenure as Secretary, Haymore has worked closely with the Governor, General Assembly, and key stakeholders on a number of legislative and budgetary initiatives to integrate fully agriculture and forestry into Virginia's overall economic development and jobs creation platform and to better enhance the standing of the two industries in the Commonwealth, across the country, and around the world. One of the major successes of these initiatives include creating the first-of-its-kind Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, a multi-million dollar economic development grant and loan program specifically for existing or new agricultural and forestry value-added or processing facilities. In addition, Haymore led efforts to secure new funds to open trade offices in China, India, Europe, Latin America and Canada to assist in the marketing of Virginia's agriculture and forestry products. Read more about Secretary Haymore here.

2015 — 2016 Speakers

Nancy Stafford
Author, Actress and Motivational Speaker

Levar Stoney
Secretary to the Commonwealth of Virginia

2014  2015 Speakers

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

Greg Craddock '92 
CEO, Patriot Group International

Ted Edlich
Former CEO, Total Action for Progress

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.

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