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Ronald A. Crutcher

Ronald A. Crutcher, a national leader in higher education, a distinguished classical musician, and an accomplished administrator, is the 10th President of the University of Richmond. He took office on July 1, 2015. He is also a professor of music.

Dr. Crutcher is President Emeritus of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. As president from 2004–14, he raised the institution’s profile; increased enrollment and diversity of the student body; created new interdisciplinary faculty positions and academic programs; and ensured the institution’s financial stability during a challenging economic period for all of higher education. Wheaton students consistently garnered prestigious academic honors including Truman, Marshall, Goldwater, Rhodes, and Fulbright Scholarships. Prior to Wheaton, Dr. Crutcher was Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University of Ohio. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Crutcher has actively promoted access, affordability, diversity, and inclusivity. He is a member of the Board of the Posse Foundation, a comprehensive college access and youth leadership development program for public high school students. In 2012, Dr. Crutcher received the Posse Star award, which recognized his leadership, significant contributions to the field of education, and positive effects on individual students’ lives. As President of Richmond, he leads a highly selective private university that is one of the few institutions in the country that is both need-blind in admission decisions for domestic undergraduate students and committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted students.

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