The Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond has elected Ronald Andrew Crutcher as the institution’s 10th president and professor of music. He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies and currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of the Klemperer Trio with Erika Klemperer, violin, and Gordon Back, piano.
Ronald A Crutcher is currently President Emeritus of Wheaton College (Mass). During his tenure as president (2004-2014), he raised the institution’s profile, increased enrollment and diversity of the student body, created new interdisciplinary faculty positions and new programs in film and new media studies, bioinformatics, neuroscience and business and management and ensured the institution’s financial stability during a challenging economic period for all of higher education.
During that time, Wheaton students also garnered prestigious academic honors including four Truman Scholarships, three Marshall Scholarships, two Goldwater Scholarships and two Rhodes Scholarships. Wheaton also consistently ranked among the top Fulbright Scholarship producers among liberal arts colleges, winning 71 Fulbright scholarships in the 10-year period. From 1999-2004, he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio.
The university will hold a welcoming reception on campus for Crutcher and his wife on Feb. 27 in the Robins Center Arena. Crutcher will deliver remarks at 2 p.m. followed by a reception. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to the event