Since his appointment in January, Evies “Doc” Cranford, working with AARP Kansas staff members, has been leading AARP’s volunteers in Kansas in a variety of activities around the state, the most visible one being the You’ve Earned a Say conversation about Social Security and Medicare that AARP is conducting not only in Kansas but across the country.
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Doc is one of many volunteers who is asking Kansans to make their voices heard about strengthening Social Security and Medicare now and for future generations. His experience in both his personal and professional life makes him a perfect candidate for the job.
Doc is a retired educator and administrator for the Wichita Public School system with more than 39 years in public education in various cities throughout the country.
“Doc brings to this position not only a great professional background, but also a wealth of volunteer experiences, including his membership on the AARP Kansas Diversity Council,” said Turner. “He also is a founding member of the Council of Elders in Wichita, a charter member of African Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble (ARISE), a board member for the Genesis XII Foundation, a program chair for the Eta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the Alpha Nu Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.”
As a leader in his community, Cranford is the recipient of a Community Leadership award from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., a Services to Youth award from the Kansas Alliance of Black School Educators, and multiple Outstanding Service to Boys & Girls Clubs awards. In his professional life, Cranford served as secondary science teacher, assistant principal, associate principal and principal at several schools in the Wichita School District. Later he served as parental liaison/ombudsperson and director of secondary personnel for USD 259. Cranford has also served as Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas, Inc. and as the arts camp co-director for The Kansas African-American Museum. He currently serves as an inspector for the Kansas Athletic Commission.
Cranford lives in Wichita, along with his wife Sharon who is also an AARP volunteer. He has a Bachelor of Science in biology and general science, Master of Science in biology and bio-chemistry, and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration/educational administration from Kansas State University. Cranford replaces David Wilson, Overland Park, who served as AARP Kansas Volunteer State President for the past six years.