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.

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

Roddy Moore, Director of the Blue Ridge Institute and MuseumJ. 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.

2014 Fall Semester Speakers

Amie Stepanovich, Executive in Residence

Senior Policy Counsel, Access

Monday, September 8, 2014

Amie StepanovichAmie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access, an international human rights organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. She is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Ms. Stepanovich leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance.

Previously, Ms. Stepanovich was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she provided expert testimony at hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialogue on Diversity conference.

Ms. Stepanovich is serving as co-chair for the forthcoming 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. In 2014, she was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, and was recently recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy.

Ms. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.  She is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars, the Federal Communications Bar Association.

2013-2014 Speakers  

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

2011-12 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

2010-11 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 

2009-10 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