Kimberley S. Crannis to be Next Executive in Residence Tues., Feb. 11

Kimberley S. Crannis to be Next Ferrum College Executive in Residence Tuesday, Feb. 11

Ferrum College alumnus Crannis has served as Blacksburg’s chief of police since 2006.

Kimberley CrannisFERRUM, 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 business career.

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