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Ronald A. Crutcher

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and Professor of Music. He became President and Professor of Music at the University of Richmond in 2015, having previously served as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts for ten years.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crutcher has actively promoted access, affordability, and inclusive excellence. He writes and speaks widely on the democratic purposes and civic mission of higher education; and is founding co-chair of Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. Under his leadership, the University has joined 30 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities as charter members of the American Talent Initiative, whose goal is to increase socioeconomic diversity in higher education.

Dr. Crutcher is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University in Ohio, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Yale University. He currently serves on the boards of the AAC&U and the American Council of Education (ACE). He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, and is on the board of the Richmond Symphony. He currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio.

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