Ms. Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina and a graduate of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in Darlington, South Carolina. Ala’Torya attended Paine College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, a Masters of Science Degree with Emphasis in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University in Minnesota and she is currently looking to complete a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership.
With over six years of experience in higher education in a variety of areas. She has served as an Admissions Recruiter, Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Student Activities and Assistant Softball Coach; with each developing her professionally and personally to better serve today’s student. She currently serves as the Freshmen Retention Specialist at Fort Valley State University. Ala’Torya is also the President and CEO of TranspireOne, Inc., a nonprofit organization with the dedicated purpose of mentoring and assisting individuals with self-discovery and providing personal, professional, mentoring and leadership growth. Ala’Torya has been nominated for a SHERO Award for the area of Education by Cher Best Sisters Only Club for 2013 and again in 2015 received the Cher Best Sisters Only Club W. Quincy Murphy Vision Award, which is the second highest honor and has been the youngest to receive it. She was also Top 10 in 10 semifinalists for Young Professional to Watch by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Ala’Torya has been nominated for a SHERO Award for the area of Education by Cher Best Sisters Only Club for 2013 and again in 2015 received the Cher Best Sisters Only Club W. Quincy Murphy Vision Award, which is the second highest honor and has been the youngest to receive it. She was also Top 10 in 10 semifinalists for Young Professional to Watch by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Ala’Torya received the honor of being listed as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Top 30 Under 30 by HBCU Buzz for her impact and achievements in life thus far. She has also been acknowledged as an Outstanding Young Alumnus by United Negro College Fund (UNCF) National Alumni Council (NAC) for her commitment and support of her Alma Mater, Paine College, where she continues to serve. She has had many opportunities to share in motivational and public speaking alongside the best-selling author, Stephan Labossier and television personality, Toya Wright. Ala’Torya was recently appointed to serve on the Augusta Miller-Motte Technical College Advisory Board for their Business Program.
A young lady of many accolades: academically, athletically, within the community and church. She enjoys music, laughter, family, motivating young people and traveling. She strongly believes, she may not have gone where she intended to go, but she thinks she has ended up where she intended to be with her faith and trust in GOD.
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