In Residence Program


The Ferrum College Executive in Residence program brings the real-world business experience of current and retired business professionals to the classroom. Guest executives tour campus, audit classes, interact with students and faculty, and give a keynote address sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight on the knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities necessary for a successful business career.  The lectures are open to both the College community and the general public.

William H. Fralin, Jr.  |  September 26, 2013

William H. Fralin, Jr., was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2004 to 2010. He represented the 17th District of Virginia, which encompasses portions of the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke as well as a portion of the City of Roanoke. Fralin served on the Courts of Justice, Transportation, Education (chairing the Students and Daycare Subcommittee), the Privileges and Elections Committees (chairing the Campaign Finance Subcommittee), and the General Laws Committee.

Prior to his current position as president/CEO of Medical Facilities of America and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates, he was with Jolly, Place, Fralin & Prillaman, P.C. and Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove, P.L.C. He now serves on the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council as a gubernatorial appointee as well as many professional and community service boards in the Roanoke region.


Woody Crenshaw  |  october 30, 2013

During his 24 years in Floyd Woody Crenshaw was involved in a number of projects, including the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, SustainFloyd, The Crooked Road Music Trail, Round the Mountain Artisan Trail, the Heartwood Center, and the Community Foundation. He and his wife Jackie own and operate the Floyd Country Store and Riverstone Organic Farm. He was part of a group that renovated the town center of Floyd, an effort that resulted in an award of excellence from the Virginia Mainstreet program.

Currently he is producing a series of recordings intended to capture the music of the Blue Ridge Plateau and is engaged in a long-term audiovisual documentation of the Floyd music scene. At Riverstone, he is exploring the viability and sustainability of commercial-scale organic agriculture.


Jim L. Wade  |  november 19, 2013

Jim Wade became a member of the Advance Auto Parts Board on September 15, 2011. Wade served as Advance’s president from January 2009 to January 2012 and from October 1999 to May 2005. He continues to provide strategic leadership to Advance with key roles in projects such as Advance’s acquisition of B.W.P. Distributors.

Wade joined Advance in February 1994 and has held several key senior executive roles with the company, including executive vice president from May 2005 until December 2008 and as chief financial officer from March 2000 through August 2003. Prior to 1993, he was vice president, finance and operations of S.H. Heironimus, Inc., a regional department store company. Since September 2011 Wade has served as a director of Lumber Liquidators, a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, and sits on numerous other nonprofit boards within the region.

Wade has 19 years of experience with Advance Auto in various business, finance, and strategic leadership roles and has broad expertise and knowledge of the automotive aftermarket industry. He gained experience in retail finance and operations through positions held prior to his tenure with Advance. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive business, finance, distribution, marketing, and leadership skills, which provide him a unique understanding of strategic business planning, risk assessment, and store operations.


Kimberley S. Crannis ’83  |  february 11, 2014

Kimberley S. Crannis 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. Chief Crannis is a graduate of the 190th session of the FBI National Academy, the 58th session
of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the 17th session of the Professional Executive Leadership School. She began the Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy as part of her graduate work, and the agency just graduated its 28th class.

Chief Crannis was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Blacksburg Police Department in October 2006.


Alfred “Al” Midgett ’79  |  march 27, 2014

Al Midgett received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ferrum College in 1979. He is an author and founder of The Noblemen, a philanthropic group inspired by his miracle son, which has grown to an entire grassroots movement changing lives and empowering others to do Noble Deeds.

Midgett’s specialties are leadership, community service, branding, event organization, writing, and public speaking. In 2012 he published his story in a book, Normal to Noble—a fun and engaging manual for nonprofits. In October 2013 Midgett was honored by his alma mater, receiving the Ferrum College Distinguished Alumni Award.


James Winkler, Theologian in Residence  |  april 8, 2014

James E. Winkler, formerly the general secretary of the United Methodist General Board
of Church and Society (GBCS), was recently elected general secretary/president of the National Council of Churches, the leading staff position in the NCC. In this position he will serve
as the executive leader of the Council with overall responsibility for personnel, deploying resources to achieve the priorities of the NCC, organizational and board development,
fund-raising, vision setting, long-range planning, financial management, external relationships, and thought leadership.

Winkler re-energized the work of the GBCS around a three-part vision: to help United Methodists link mercy and justice; to connect the work of the board with local churches and annual conferences around the globe; and to be the premier denominational advocacy agency on Capitol Hill. He has led delegations to the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, and Germany, seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict, and traveled throughout the world to support the justice work of the United Methodists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. He has preached and led workshops and training events in Russia, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and is a frequent spokesperson for the justice work of The United Methodist Church to the national and international media.

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