Ala’Torya V. Cranford
Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a visionary higher education professional with 12 years of progressive leadership experience where she has served as the Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Student Activities, an Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist, Assistant Softball Coach, Admissions and Recruitment Specialist and DEI trainer in the workplace; with each developing her professionally and personally to better serve today’s student. She currently serves as the First and Second-Year Programs Director at Fort Valley State University and oversees the New Student Orientation Leadership training and programming.
She has experience working with diverse student populations, using data driven strategy to drive first-year experience programs, student advising, student success programming, early intervention initiatives, leadership programs, assessment, alumni engagement, and coalition building within and outside of the institution. Ala’Torya can engage effectively with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and external constituents, demonstrating excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with strong analytical and reporting skills, while evaluating effectiveness of programming around research.
She is a graduate of Paine College where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, holds a Masters degree in Higher Education with a concentration in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University, a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Ala’Torya is an Augusta New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow, a Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF) Fellow, a HBCU Times Magazine Ambassador and Content Provider, and presently serves on the board of directors for Creative Impressions, Up Next Initiative, and the American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia.