BYU student Erin Cranor is no stranger to stepping up to the plate.
Cranor built a distinguished career prior to coming to BYU, working as the director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs in Las Vegas and consulting for many youth development organizations. She wrote grant proposals, designed and implemented outcomes measurement tools, reported on grants, and maintained donor relations. She has served as the president of the Nevada Association of School Boards. Cranor was also the first female president of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA), the governing board for high school athletics in Nevada. A lot of her work involved developing and implementing K–12 policies around sexual orientation and gender identity. During her time on the NIAA, she helped develop Nevada’s first transgender athlete policy. Cranor attributes such success to the collaboration among her board members: “There’s a joy that comes from working together and creating something.”
Family is central to Cranor’s life, and a BYU education has been central to her family. Her husband, Bud, a 1995 BYU alumnus with a BS in public relations, is Cranor’s enthusiastic mentor, companion, and support in every adventure. This fall, their daughter Erin, a BYU alumna who graduates this week with an MBA from Idaho State University, will be starting law school at BYU. They will be studying together–it will be the daughter’s first semester, and the mother’s last. Their oldest son, Tanner, graduated from BYU last year and now lives with his wife, Rebecca, and son in Minnesota. Cranor’s two youngest children, Lauren and Jimmy, also attend BYU, and Lauren is pursuing a joint bachelor’s and master’s in athletic training. Jimmy aspires to work in the medical field and is majoring in food science. It’s expected that Erin, Lauren, and Jimmy will all graduate in 2023, at which point their family will have earned a total of 11 BYU degrees, each a blessing in their individual lives with hopes to “go forth to serve.”
On top of being a student, Cranor is a mentor for first-year law students, a member of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies Management Board, and a law clerk for BYU’s general counsel office. Her experience as a law clerk helped her cultivate a passion for education law, she said, helping her learn more about the subject than she could have imagined. “
As she prepares to graduate in December, Cranor reflected on her appreciation for all those with whom she’s interacted in the program. “