Kimberley S. Crannis to be Next Ferrum College Executive in Residence Tuesday, Feb.
Ferrum College alumnus Crannis has served as Blacksburg’s chief of police since 2006.
FERRUM, VA. (Feb. 4, 2014) – Kimberley S. Crannis ‘83, chief of police for the Town of Blacksburg, Va., will serve
as Ferrum College’s next Executive in Residence on Tues., Feb. 11, 2014. In addition
to sharing her career experiences with students in a number of classes, Crannis will
give a keynote address to which the public is invited in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room
in Franklin Hall at 11:15 a.m. Her talk may also be viewed streaming live online at
Crannis, who 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,
is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Law Enforcement Executive Development
Seminar and the Professional Executive Leadership School. She began her career with
the Blacksburg Police Department, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency,
in 1984. During her time with the department, Crannis served as 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 in October 2006. In addition, as part of her graduate work Crannis
began the Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy, which recently graduated
its 28th class.
Crannis is also an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Agencies, traveling throughout the country conducting compliance assessments of law
enforcement agencies. She serves on the board of the New River Valley Alcohol Safety
Awareness Program and the New River Valley Women’s Resource Center and is the past
president of the FBI National Academy Associates of Virginia. Crannis 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.
The Executive in Residence initiative at Ferrum College brings the real world business
experience of current and retired business professionals to campus. Guest executives
tour the College, 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
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to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's
degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The
College celebrates its centennial in 2013. For more information, visit www.ferrum.edu.