The University of Richmond's Board of Trustees elected Dr. Ronald Crutcher as the 10th president of the school effective July 1.
Dr. Crutcher is President Emeritus at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he served for ten years ending in 2014. During his tenure he increased enrollment and diversity of the student body, created new interdisciplinary faculty positions and several new programs, while also ensuring the colleges financial stability, according to a university press release.
"The Board is thrilled to have Ron Crutcher as the University's next president," said Rector of the Board of Trustees Patricia L. Rowland. "He embodies the excellence that defines the University and is deeply committed to the teacher-scholar model that allows Richmond to make a transformational difference in students' lives. He brings to Richmond's presidency more than four decades of academic and administrative achievement at a diverse range of institutions. We believe he will provide outstanding leadership to continue the University's strong trajectory and standing among the nation's leading institutions."
Crutcher also oversaw the largest capital project in the college's history, a $46 million science center. Prior to his time at Wheaton College, Crutcher was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio from 199 to 2004, the university said.
"It is an exceptional honor to be named president of the University of Richmond," said Crutcher. "This has long been a place of academic excellence, and it is also a place of substantive progress on issues that all of American higher education is seeking to address such as ensuring access to educational opportunity to the most promising students of all backgrounds. Much that animates Richmond has animated my own work over decades, and I look forward to working with the University community to build on Richmond's remarkable foundation."
In addition to serving as president, Crutcher will also be a professor of music at Richmond. He began studying the cello at age 14 and 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.
Crutcher received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, his master's from Yale and later became the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale.
A presidential search committee chose Crutcher after an extensive national search.
"Our charge was to find an outstanding leader who would build on the University's momentum and strengths, further enhance academic quality, engage alumni actively in the life of the University, secure wider recognition for the University's excellence and ensure Richmond successfully navigates the challenges that all of higher education will face in the coming years," said committee co-chair George W. Wellde Jr., "We believe we have found all of that in Ron Crutcher. Not surprisingly, the position attracted an exceptional pool of candidates, and even among this very strong field, Ron stood out."
The university will hold a welcoming reception on campus for Crutcher and his wife on Feb. 27 in the Robins Center Arena, the university announced. Crutcher will deliver remarks at 2 p.m. followed by a reception.
For more information on President-elect Crutcher, visit presidentelect.richmond.edu/about.